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This Thanksgiving, Lug your Luggage Safely
Date:11/20/2009

Carrying and Lifting Tips to Keep you Injury-free this Holiday Season

ROSEMONT, Ill., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seasoned travelers have a saying - "Pack your bags, then take out half." This refers to the fact that most of us bring much more than we need on our trips. Now, even more travelers are echoing that line, especially, since so many airline providers are charging passengers a fee for checking luggage. However, if you are one of those people who cannot decide which half to leave at home, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has recommendations to help you carry your baggage safely.

According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission:

  • In 2008, more than 53,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms, doctors' offices, clinics and other medical settings for injuries related to luggage.

Packing light may prevent injuries such as:

  • Strains, pulls and tears
    • Any of these can occur while carrying a heavy suitcase for an extended period of time.
    • Lifting and holding a bag incorrectly or lifting luggage from baggage claim carousels, overhead or under-seat compartments.
  • The chances of these injuries are even greater when a person has been sitting still for a long period of time (as when on a plane) or when the luggage is over-packed and especially heavy.

"Lifting and carrying luggage that is too big or too heavy for a person's size and frame can put serious strains on your body," said Jeffrey A. Fried, MD, orthopaedic surgeon and spokesperson for the AAOS. "To minimize any damage to your neck, shoulders and back, it is important to bend at your knees, lift luggage with your leg muscles while tightening your
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SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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