Prevent Injuries

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So what do we need to keep in mind when preventing injuries? Other than the tops killers like heart disease, stroke, depression, cancer, & diabetes, we are challenged today with life-style syndromes. These are culture related, created by the world we live in, the time we live in, & the access to information available today. This includes problems stemming from overuse, overindulging, sedentary life-style, & lack of rest from the go-go-go pace some may live each day.

There are essential elements to focus on when taking care of the body for day-in day-out routines. My PT recommends avoiding situations that drain personal resources likes time, money, & energy. In regards to the body, we suggest maximizing efficiency & minimizing the energy demands from daily activities. This will create extra time that can be used for others on the “To Do” list, extra energy for vigor & healing, as well as extra money saved on medical expenses that were avoided by denying the chance of a condition to evolve.

We must not forget that the effects of what we put inside our bodies is just as important as the effects the body faces from the outside world. Here are highlighted concepts My PT recommends to prevent injuries:

  • Fitting the Job to the Person
  • Maintaining Job Task Competencies
  • Pacing
  • Micro-Breaks
  • Stretch & Flex routines
  • Take One-Step
  • Squaring-Up
  • Limiting-Reach
  • Working the Power-Zone
  • Active Posture
  • Core Education
  • Body Hygiene, Hydration & Nutrition

increased quality and efficiency

 

Employer Sponsored Injury Prevention Program Elements

  • Movement testing
  • Injury screening
  • Ergonomics & injury prevention presentations¬†
  • Customized training
  • On-Site Physical Therapy
  • Workstation assessment & recommendations
  • Job description review
  • Field observation & demonstration
  • Review personal protective equipment (PPE) standards
  • Review OSHA 300A forms, first aid logs, medical risk management
  • Customize survey for employees by department & duties
  • Periodic follow ups
  • Creating goals & tracking metrics
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