Watch Your Back!
One of the most common injuries during the winter months is caused by snow shoveling. With proper snow removal techniques, back injuries are preventable.
Use a good shovel.
Ergonomic shovels are designed with body mechanics in mind. While they are more expensive than the average shovel, they are still cheaper than getting physical therapy after a back injury.
Don’t go cold.
Take a few minutes to warm your muscles before shoveling to avoid muscle tear or strain.
Use proper lifting techniques.
Push, instead of lifting snow. Keep feet firmly planted. If you must lift, don’t overload the shovel. Bend at the hips and knees, not the back, using your leg muscles. Avoid twisting motions. Keep arms close to your body and walk - don’t toss - snow.
Wear proper attire.
Wear snow boots with good treading, laced up the ankles. Use thick gloves with a rubberized grip. And layer up to optimize comfort.
Take frequent breaks to allow your body time to recover.