Athletico remains open as a provider of essential services and is committed to keeping our patients safe related to COVID-19. Learn More.

Outdoor Spring Project Safety

by Athletico3 Comments

For the past month, I have been longingly looking out of my window and making a mental list of all the yard work that needs to be done this spring. This is a great time of year to get the family involved and have them help with the load of outdoor projects. There are some safety tips to keep in mind so that you can get your projects done safely without injuring yourself.

One of the biggest projects that many people have in the spring involves planting in their garden. It is very important to make sure you are equipped with the right tools before you begin. Have your shovels and other tools sharpened so they can move through the earth easier. This will be easier on your body and you will expend less energy and will be less likely to injure yourself. Make sure your shovels are long enough for you to avoid bending over too much and always avoid a swinging motion when moving dirt. Move slowly and carefully lift the dirt and place it aside.

Planting often involves lifting heavy items such as bags of soil or mulch, planters, or bushes. If possible, minimize the weight of a bag of soil by removing half the dirt into another pot. Use a wheelbarrow to transport soil or mulch instead of carrying the heavy bags. If you are moving planters around, try to reduce the weight by removing the dirt or use a small dolly with wheels to transport it to a new location.

Another project that many people do in the spring is move porch/patio furniture out of storage. These items can be very bulky and heavy which make them awkward to lift. Lifting improperly can lead to lower back strain or even sciatic pain. Bend your knees and lift more with your legs to help maintain the natural curve in your lower back and avoid any lifting and twisting. If possible, get a family member to help with these bigger items to decrease your risk of injury.

Even if you do not feel that you are exercising, doing outdoor yard work is a very physical activity. Make sure you take frequent breaks and keep yourself hydrated, especially when the weather warms up. It is important to listen to your body and slow down if you start feeling any aches and pains. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Invite a family member, friend, or neighbor and have fun with it! Keep these tips in mind when getting the outside of your house ready for the spring and summer months. In the event you do suffer a few aches or pains, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment at your nearest Athletico for a free complimentary injury screening.

Happy Spring!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

3 Comments

  1. My Bootprint

    One thing to consider when lifting/moving heavy objects, even around the house is wearing appropriate steel toe boots. It is sturdy foot wear that has a reinforced toe area that protects from falling objects or debris.
    If you can’t get that level of protection, at least make sure you wear sturdy boots, and not your flip-flops.
    Happy summer!

  2. Logger Boots

    Well in my opinion, there are more things to consider, like :
    Toe protection
    Insulation and Water-resistance
    Protectiveness and safety
    Traction
    Always hard to find boots with all these qualities

  3. Don Johanson

    In my experience, most outdoor projects will contain heavy lifting and because of that you really want to make sure that you are geared properly from head to toe. Here are suggestions I would make.

    – If you are doing anything related to putting up a fence, landscaping, or working with any heavy duty power tools, make sure you have some steel toe boots available for you to wear.
    – If you will be working in the mud or other wet environments, then definitely consider rubber, waterproof boots. Wet feet can lead to some serious foot issues.

    Obviously there are other things to consider but these two are most important in my opinion.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *