5 Easy Steps to Injury Free Shoveling

by Dr. Michelle Collie, DPT, MS, OCS

Here we go again, winter is here and that means it’s time for some snow! I’m sure right about now a lot of you are missing the summer heat and those sunny days at the beach. Others are probably excited about skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and so much more, but don't forget that it’s also time to prepare for some shoveling.

Snow removal can be a pain, but that pain doesn’t have to sit in your lower back. To help avoid any back strains while shoveling this winter, check out these helpful tips on proper shoveling techniques and how to prevent injury’s this icy season.

Proper Equipment Snow shovels are made specifically for removing snow and have larger dimensions to help cover a larger area. It also comes with the proper handle for lifting the snow. Hold the handle at the top of the shovel and halfway down the shaft, that way you are distributing the weight evenly.