Walking to school with supplies for a longer period of time (heavy school bags and walking for 20 min) was found to be significantly associated with musculoskeletal pain. This study set out to determine the prevalence of low back and other musculoskeletal pains and describe their relationship with schoolbag use in pupils. With growing workload for school children, the weight of this issue is increasing every day. Background: Ethiopian school children often carry school supplies in heavy school bags and encounter limited school facilities. The aim of the study is to investigate the association of musculoskeletal pain with heavy bag packs among school children.

Though seen as a convenient method of carrying books and other scholastic materials including food items, schoolbags are believed to contribute to back and other musculoskeletal problems in school going children. The purpose of the study was to evaluate body posture changes and describe their relationship with school bag characteristics in pupils aged 7–9 years. It can not only affect a child in the present but also have long-term effects on their body and render their spine vulnerable to injuries.

The impact of heavy-handed policing in the administration of the Covid-19 state-of-emergency (SoE) has defeated the purposes of flexibility in the movement of essential goods and services, and ease of access. This study showed that children wear heavy school bags which mean weight in the initial study was 6.3 ± 0.8 (range between 4.7 and 9.0 kg). Posture is a bigger concern than most think.