Tips to stay injury-free while shoveling snowThe repetitive movements of snow-shoveling can strain back and shoulders, even for people in great physical shape. When large amounts of heavy snow have fallen, as was the case this week, shoveling can take an extra toll. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Physical Therapy Association for staying safe and avoiding injury:
•Warm up your muscles with 10 minutes of light exercise. Shoveling is a physical workout.
•Pace yourself. Take breaks, walk around and have a drink of water. Try standing back-bends to help reverse forward bending during shoveling. If you get chest pains or experience shortness of breath, stop.