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3 Ways to Stay Injury Free While Recovering from a Disaster


The world is under attack; at least that’s what anyone who’s seeing all the craziness in the news would say. There’s so much devastation, loss, and strain on everyone at this point that it’s certainly become one of the most tumultuous times of the year. It went from race related issues to hurricanes and widespread damage in mere weeks.


[National Posture Institute] 3 Ways to Stay Injury Free While Recovering from a Disaster

So many have lost everything; their lives, their homes, and their belongings all lost or spread over their area. As I write this, many still don’t have access to drinking water or electricity, while so many others are worried about their future. It’s most certainly a time to be compassionate and provide support wherever necessary.

If there’s one thing I can do is educate; I want to provide some caution during this active season as so many relief workers and other divisions must venture out into the unsafe in order to help clear debris. If you’re clearing up your place or helping clear up someone else’s, here are some points to keep in mind to help you stay injury free:

1.  Wear the appropriate attire when possible

Do you have access to gear that can protect your face, head, hands, feet and other areas? Get some if possible or wear what you can. Avoid sandals and slacks; a loose nail or slip and fall could spell disaster for your wellbeing. Likewise, something could fall and crush you at any time, its best left to the professionals, but sometimes it can’t wait. If you’re a professional, there’s no time to slack off on your safety, you know what to do so stay safe while helping those in need.

2.  Be Aware of Your Surroundings:

You’ve heard the phrase, “look before you leap?” right? This applies double here. From unstable surfaces to roofing, trees, and poles that, in a matter of time, will fall. It doesn’t take much; a gust of wind or a light nudge could lodge something free when you least suspect it. Pay attention, look at everything and all around you, and move with caution.

3.  Remember Your Body Alignment and Lifting Form

You’re probably thinking body alignment is the least of your worries, but your body alignment is important here. You’re going to be lifting, throwing, moving, turning, and a host of other movements. You’d be surprised how that impacts the spine and the body as a whole. Make sure you take breaks and use your best form while performing the multitude of tasks.

To piggyback on the “form” and “body alignment” pieces, make sure you lift with your knees instead of your back. Bending forward while you pick up objects, hanging your neck, or just lifting objects without proper support could mean a world of harm for you. There’s so much happening right now the last thing you need right now is an injury.

Staying injury free during this season is crucial. We may very well receive more storms and conditions so it’s important we secure ourselves, stay safe, and plan for the worst. In the midst of all this, we have to be aware of our health and wellbeing. With that in mind, my heart goes out to all those who have been impacted and to those who aren’t, keep your loved ones close and in mind. Help how and where you can if possible.

While I don’t expect those impacted at this moment to delve deep into their fitness career, this is the season for CEC/CEUs for many fitness & health professionals. Take a look at the list of continuing education courses we offer and pick the ones that suit your interests best. From nutrition to career and even exercise science courses; our CEC/CEU courses will help you get ready and stay in the game for the long run.

You can access the courses by clicking here.

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