Injury Prevention 101

The most important thing to remember when it comes to injury prevention is that you need to maintain this body for the rest of your life!  That is something we take for granted until we hit our fifties and start having aches and pains.  Here are a few pointers on how to prevent injury and maintain a healthy body.

Maintain neutral alignment for all body parts

One example of this goes along with the old adage: “lift with your knees not your back”.  This allows you to keep your back in neutral posture or lordosis (slight curve of the lower back) and lift with your large gluteus muscles.  Maintaining a strong core-abdominal muscles and good flexibility allows you to be able to do this.  But practice makes perfect!!  So before you lift something, go through the steps in your mind and before you know it, you will be doing it effortlessly


Spread out forces equally

In other words “two arms are better than one”!  This applies to using two people to lift, push, pull objects whenever possible.  Spread the forces out evenly throughout your own body using both arms and keeping the object as close to the center of your core as possible, so that you can use your large muscles to take the strain of the smaller muscles.

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