09 Jun Warming Up
Introduction: “Construction is an athletic event” The importance of being warmed up prior to starting construction work (or any work involving heavy lifting) is just like getting ready for a sporting event. Stretching is a means to avoid the most common body sprain/strain injuries. Stretching before lifting is especially helpful to avoid back injuries. According to safety experts, over half of all workers’ compensation claims and costs were due to sprain/strains.
Guide for Discussion
Backs; Trunks (Waist, Hips); Knees; Shoulders, Arms and Elbows
The hardest injury to live with is a back injury; once you are injured expect repeat injuries. One professional study indicates that once you do injure your back, you are five times more likely to suffer a re-injury.
- Go into stretching with a relaxed and open mind. Stretch to the point where it is comfortable, not painful.
- Do not strain when you stretch – straining keeps the muscle from relaxing. Concentrate on the muscle being stretched – think about the good feeling of a proper stretch
- As the feeling of the stretch changes to a mild stretch, stretch a little further, comfortable with no pain.
- Don’t bounce when you stretch. That can cause injuries. Always stretch to the tight side first.
- Breathe with a slow, normal rhythm. Do not hold your breath.
Additional Discussion Notes:
Demonstrate proper stretching exercises.
Remember: Construction is an athletic event. Stretching before you start work will make your job easier and helps prevent injuries on the job. Try it at home too.
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