How to Prevent Pain & Injury while Shovelling Snow

Helpful Tips to Consider while Shovelling:

Stance: Stand with your feet apart, aligned with your hips, to maintain balance and stability. The ideal footwear is comfortable boots with appropriate traction and grip. This will help protect you from slipping while you shovel.

Grip: Space your hands apart, with one hand on the handle, and the other further down the shovel to increase leverage when lifting the snow.

Shovelling Snow

Technique: When lifting, bend from your knees, not your back. Avoid throwing the snow, and rather walk it to where you intend to drop it.

Posture: Keep your back straight and tighten your core muscles when lifting snow. This will help to protect your back as you lift.

Other tips: Hold the shovel close to your body to protect against muscle strain. For deep snow, try shovelling smaller amounts of snow at a time to avoid over exertion or pulling a muscle.


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