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Protect Your Back When Shoveling

It is that time of year again, when Mother Nature has shown us no mercy and the snow continues to pile up outside our doorways.

Many of us dread going outside to shovel because it is windy and cold, while others are concerned about the ramifications it will have on their bodies as it can lead to stiff and painful back aches. Here are some tips and tricks on how to stay safe while shoveling this winter season.

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:

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