Don't let snow shoveling ruin your winter wonderland
ROSEMONT, Ill., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Snow shoveling tends to be an unpleasant task -- this mundane seasonal chore combines heavy lifting and cold weather, resulting in possible injuries to the back, shoulder muscles if shovelers do not take the proper precautions. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) (www.aaos.org) has recommendations to help you stay safe while clearing snow so you can still have some winter fun.
According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission:
"People tend to think of snow removal as just another household task, but it really involves a lot of bending and heavy lifting, particularly in wet snow," says Robert Dunbar, MD, spokesperson for the AAOS and member of the Academy's Leadership Fellows Program. "It may be especially dangerous for people who do not regularly exercise (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00418), as their bodies, specifically backs, shoulder and arm muscles may not be prepared for that level of activity."
The Academy offers the following tips to prevent injuries while shoveling and using a snowblower:
|SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons|
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