Schoolbag weight carriage in Portuguese children and adolescents: a cross-sectional study comparing possible influencing factors
Marques, Mário C.
Izquierdo Redin, Mikel
Neiva, Henrique P.
Barbosa, Tiago M.
Alonso-Martínez, Alicia M.
Marinho, Daniel A.
Background: Schoolbags and the consequences of carrying them, particularly those associated with overload, are often studied as a health concern. Modifications in gait and posture were reported when children carried loads that corresponded to more than 10% of their body weight (BW). The aims of this study were to verify the load that is carried by Portuguese students and how it is influenced by factors such as school grade, school schedule, lunch site, physical education, sex and body mass index (BMI). Acquiring a more specific knowledge of the Portuguese context and understanding the influence of these factors may allow us to generate proposals to control them in ways that benefit students.
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