Shoveling Heavy Snow Can Lead to Serious Injury

Updated: 02/11/2013 6:56 PM By: Tim Sherno

The wet heavy snow that fell across much of the state Sunday into Monday increases the risk of injury while shoveling.

Jeff Lanenberg is a Paramedic with Allina Hospital; he says there are a few typical mistakes made most often, "They're either not in shape, or not doing it right, or not doing it in moderation."

Lanenberg says rushing can add additional and unnecessary stress to shoveling, "It's almost like their goal is, 'How fast can I get it done?'"

A study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine says on average 11,500 people are injured each year shoveling show.  Of that number, most, 67% are men.

Paramedic Lanenberg says listen to your body's natural signals of stress and pay attention, many don't and they suffer injuries, "When they start getting winded they tend to just continue on."