PRELIMINARY STUDY OF LOAD CARRIAGE ON PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN IN MALAYSIA

  • F. Sham Rambely
  • A. Sham Rambely
Keywords: load carriage, school children

Abstract

The purpose of the study is to investigate the weight and content of school bags carried by primary school children in Malaysia. 175 school children (male and female) participated in the study. The subjects are divided into two groups, first year and second year groups. The weights of the children were noted with and without load. Results show that the first year group carries more than 25% of body weight (>25%BW) and the second year group carries >15% BW. The decreasing percentage of body weight is not caused by a decreasing amount of load but it occurs because of the increment of body weight.