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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 abdominal muscles and avoid twisting and rotating your spine."

The Academy offers the following strategies to prevent injuries when lifting and carrying luggage:

  • Pack lightly. When possible, pack items in a few smaller bags instead of one large luggage piece. It is better - and may prevent muscle sprains and strains - to carry a lighter bag in each hand rather than one heavy bag in one hand or over one shoulder.
  • As with any heavy lifting, you should bend at the knees and lift luggage with your leg muscles--not your back and waist--and avoid twisting and rotating your spine. Stand alongside your suitcase, bend at your knees, then grasp the handle and straighten up. Also, try to carry luggage as close to your body as possible.
  • When placing luggage in an overhead compartment, first lift it onto the top of the seat. Then, with the hands situated on the left and right sides of the suitcase, lift it up. If your luggage has wheels, make sure the wheel-side is set in the compartment first. Once wheels are inside, put one hand atop the luggage and push it to the back of the compartment. To remove the luggage, reverse this process.
  • If using a backpack, make sure it has two padded and adjustable shoulder straps. Choose one with several compartments to secure various-sized items, packing the heavier things low and towards the center. Always wear a backpack on both shoulders -- slinging it over one shoulder does not allow weight to be distributed evenly, which can cause muscle strain.
    If you need to use a duffel or shoulder bag, do not carry it on one shoulder for any length of time. Be sure to switch sides often, as this may prevent soreness and discomfort to the shoulder area.

Other important tips:

  • When purchasing new luggage, look for a sturdy, light pieces with wheels and a handle. Avoid purchasing luggage that is too heavy or bulky while empty.
  • Do not rush when lifting or carrying a suitcase. If it is too heavy or an awkward shape, ask someone for help.
  • Do not carry heavy pieces of luggage for long periods of time. If it is very heavy, and you must carry it, stop and take a break. If at all possible, check your luggage when traveling rather than carrying it on a plane, train or bus.
  • Make sure to carry all rolling luggage up flights of stairs.

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