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February 6, 2014

Snowstorm means lots of shoveling and maybe health issues


Age can be a factor, too.

“On average, around 2,000 accidents per year occur in children under 18 years of age, so if you’re going to have your kids shoveling snow, watch them very carefully,” Hedge said. “Over 2,500 accidents per year happen in those over 55 years old.”

Hedge suggested people use shovels with an ergonomic design.

“Shovels with a D-shaped handle at a 30-degree angle significantly reduce physical effort. Bent-shaft snow shovels reduce lower-back joint loading during snow shoveling, which again reduces injury risks.”



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