Quick Tips for Safer Snow-Shoveling
carolers may be singing, "Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow," but
anyone who's responsible for shoveling their winter wonderland may be
more apt to groan in anticipation of pulling out the shovels this year.
snow can be more than just a pain in the neck, however; it can be the
source of a variety of injuries, according to the American Academy of
Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
a rigorous aerobic activity that places great physical demands on the
body," says Dr. Garth Russell, an orthopaedic surgeon in Columbia, Mo.
To help shovelers reduce their injury risk, the AAOS issued several snow-safety guidelines:
for musculoskeletal injury is high among inexperienced snow-shovelers,
as well as those who have shoveled so many times during the winter that
they don't bother to think about snow safety, AAOS noted.