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David P. Dillard
01-06-2003, 03:44 PM
ARTICLE: New Study Regarding Children and Backpack Injuries

This new study discussed in this article regarding the causes of injuries
in children from backpacks may be of interest to those concerned about
that issue.

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Monday, Jan. 6, 2003
Study Downplays Kids' Backpack Injuries
By DEANNA BELLANDI Associated Press Writer


CHICAGO (AP) - Children are more likely to be hurt tripping over backpacks
or being hit with them than they are using the bags to lug around heavy
school supplies, a new study suggests.

While there has been growing concern about back trouble in children who
carry loaded-down packs, researchers found the back was one of the least
likely places where children were injured.

When kids did get hurt, about 23 percent of all injuries in the 247
children studied were caused by wearing, lifting or taking off a backpack,
according to the study by researchers from the Cincinnati Children's
Hospital.



The study looked at backpack-related injuries resulting in emergency room
visits that were reported to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
in 1999 and 2000.

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Full Story May be Read at the URL Above.


Sincerely,
David Dillard
Temple University
(215) 204-4584
jwne@astro.temple.edu

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