Five Ways to Avoid Injury While Shovelling Snow

December 11, 2009
The Expositor

Shoveling snow can be a pain in more ways than one. These tips will help keep your back in top shape:

-Don’t let the snow pile up: If the weather report calls for several days of snow, frequent shovelling will allow you to move smaller amounts of snow at once. It’s far less strenthous in the long run.

-Pick the right shovel: Use a lightweight pusher- type shovel. If you are using a metal shovel, spray it with Teflon first, so snow won’t stick to it.

-Push, don’t throw:

Always push the snow to the side rather than throw it. That way you avoid lifting heavy shovelfuls of snow, and sudden twisting or turning movements.

-Bend your knees: As with any heavy object, you need to use your knees, and leg and arm muscles to do the pushing and lifting, while keeping your back straight. More…