CNN - It's back to school season, and that means students are hitting the books -- but doctors warn that lugging around all those books in your backpack could come with some serious health risks.
"We're starting to see more and more back pain complaints in the doctors and the sports medicine offices and the question is...is there a correlation between backpacks and back pain?" Dr. David Marshall, medical director of sports medicine at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, asked.
Marshall recommends using an abdominal strap to help evening distribute a backpack's weight.
Experts recommend that a student's bag no weigh more than about 10 to 15 percent of a student's body weight, and also that students don't fall or bump into other students.
If that's just not possible, experts say you should consider buying your child a rolling backpack.