Snow shoveling tips to avoid injuries
(WENY)-- While the snow may look nice as it is falling, the aftermath isn't as pretty. Injuries are common while digging out after a large snowfall, so here are some tips to avoid getting injured.
According to WebMD, the most common injuries were related to muscles, ligaments, and tendons, just to name a few soft tissue injuries.
They also noted lower back injuries are common, due to the twisting motions some people have when removing snow.
Broken bones are also possible while shoveling snow. With the slick surfaces, the risk of falling increases, leading to the chances of bones breaking, specifically in the hands and arms.
The Washington Post notes that shoveling snow results in about 11,500 injuries a year and nearly 100 deaths. Most of these deaths can be attributed to heart attacks.
If you are going to shovel snow, experts suggest that a quick warm-up of light exercise could help reduce the risk of getting hurt.
They also suggest pushing the snow away, rather than lifting, taking frequent breaks, and using a shovel design that reduces how much you bend.