Shoveling Snow A Health Hazard
Doctors are urging people to use caution when shoveling because it not only causes back injuries, it can cause some to have heart attacks.
According to a study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, an average of 11,500 people are taken to the hospital because of a snow-shoveling injury. And, the majority of those being taken in are men, 66 percent of men to be exact. 15 percent of shoveling injuries also happen in children under the age of 18.
The obvious injury while shoveling is the in the back--the study shows that 50 percent of the injuries reported are muscle-related, while 20 percent are from falling and 7 percent are from heart problem, like a heart attack.
Although we dodged a bullet with the latest over-hyped snow storm, have you been injured at all this year while shoveling snow?