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Stay Safe While Shoveling Snow

Winter is here, and the inevitable snowfalls that accompany it. While shoveling snow can be a good exercise when performed correctly and with safety in mind, many people are shoveling with incorrect biomechanics—which put them at risk for injury.

Snow shoveling is a repetitive activity believed to cause tens of thousands of back, neck and shoulder injuries each year, ranging from muscle strain and sprains to significant medical emergencies requiring emergency room visits.

To protect yourself from potential injury, shovelers should follow these common-sense tips:

Harness Your Pain

Fall is here! Which brings with it a season of harvest, perennial planting, and lawn and garden cleanup before the colder weather hits.

These Autumn activities can be physically demanding—or even hazardous—when done in repetition or with poor technique. This may lead to pain or discomfort in your shoulder, wrist or hand.

Common mistakes of Fall gardening:

  1. Forgeting to take breaks
  2. Remaining in one position for too long causing sore muscles and joints
  3. Holding a firm grip with a bent wrist
  4. Carrying/lifting too heavy a load

Safe gardening tips:

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