Tips To Avoid Injury When Shoveling Snow


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Nor’easter means it is time to break out the shovels; hopefully, it doesn’t mean breaking your back.

Shoveling snow can be a very strenuous activity, making it very easy for someone to get injured.

The National Safety Council reported that snow shoveling leads to thousands of injuries and “as many as 100 deaths each year.”

A local chiropractor, Dr. Bradley (Brad) Weiss, offered some suggestions on how to prevent injury when shoveling snow.

He said that it is crucial to stretch and warm-up before shoveling, as well as doing a cool-down stretch afterwards.

Weiss added that staying hydrated and wearing layers is crucial as the body heats up.

To avoid an injury, Weiss stressed the importance of pushing the snow rather than throwing it.

Most importantly, listening to your body is key. If you’re feeling fatigued or any pain whatsoever, it is best to stop.

If pain occurs, Weiss said that it is best to ice the area—and not use heating pads or take a hot shower.

WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports.

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