Going Out to Shovel Snow? Be Careful!
on February 14, 2014on February 14, 2014
The east coast is covered in white and people everywhere are heading out to shovel their driveways and sidewalks. It has been reported that snow shoveling leads to an average of 11,500 related injuries each year across our country, in addition to approximately 100 deaths.
According to the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 55% of snow-shoveling injuries were related to soft tissue injuries, primarily lower back damage. Many slip and fall accidents occur on the snow and ice, but muscle exertion is the primary culprit for injuries while shoveling.
What can you do to protect yourself from injury? Consider the type of shovel you buy. If it is heavy without snow, it is going to be even heavier when it has snow on it. Also, try to push the snow to the side instead of lifting and throwing it. Pushing does not require as much bending and twisting which is hard on your muscles. Many shovels are designed for pushing and not lifting. You should also take frequent breaks if possible. And lastly, consider buying a snow blower!
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