Skyracks. Sam Bennett Mike Adams Arbaaz Khan. Problem Statement.
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Due to the poor distribution of weight across the body by traditional two strap backpacks, over twenty million American middle and high school students exceed the recommended amount of stress (15% of their body weight) placed on their shoulders, neck, and lower back resulting in pain, distortion of the natural "S" curve of the spine, and poor posture. According to a study performed in May of 2002 to May of 2003 by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 21,000 children were admitted to an emergency room from backpack related injuries.
Statement of Purpose
Reduce the negative impact on posture and pain felt by students while wearing a backpack.
A survey conducted by The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons of 101 doctors showed:
70% of doctors believe backpacks are a clinical problem for children.
The majority of doctors believe backpacks become a clinical problem at 20% of the wearer’s body weight.
58% of doctor’s surveyed have seen school-age patients complaining of back and shoulder pain from heavy backpacks.