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Snow Shoveling Injuries Affect Old and Young, Expert Warns

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Jan• 25•11

Everyone knows that older shovelers are at risk for heart attacks, but we need to watch children too. They are at risk

“The most frequently injured areas of the body were the lower back (34 percent), the arms and hands (16 percent) and the head (15 percent), the study authors noted. Common causes of injuries were acute musculoskeletal exertion (54 percent), slips or falls (20 percent) and being struck by a snow shovel (15 percent).”

“Shoveling snow can be a great outdoor activity for kids; however, it is important for parents to teach children the correct way to shovel snow and remind them that shovels are not toys,” said Smith, who is also a professor of pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.

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