Don’t get injured on move in day!

Move-in day for colleges is approaching as we reach the end of the summer & for some of us, that means our children are going to move away from home for the first time. Move in day can be stressful, emotional & exhausting. It will be a day to remember for the whole family. However, when moving in general it is very easy to get injuries!

Dorm room stress

When you move your child into their dorm chances you will be in a long line of other parents moving in their kids. This can cause a lot of stress & leave you in an agitated mood,&  not to mention tight areas. Being in an agitated mood can heighten your chances of getting an injury. Remeber to stay calm in the midst of all the craziness. Some tips to relax are

  • Take deep breaths
  • Keep a positive mindset, remember your child is starting their future!
  • Drink water! if in a hot room it will calm you down

Moving around the room

No matter how big a dorm room may seem when you unpack it will get very cramped in there. When lifting in a small space you may contort your body to move around corners puts you at risk for injury.

  • Stubbed toes
  • fractured fingers
  • eye injuries
  • objects falling on head

It is important to be aware of your surroundings. Dorm rooms cannot always have the most stable furniture or appliances; remember these rooms have been used previously.

Lifting heavy objects

When lifting heavy object especially :

  • In & out of a car
  • Up & down a flight of stairs
  • Down long hallways
  • Long walk

Be careful lifting bigger, heavier objects. You should never carry an object you believe is too heavy alone. Always get someone to help you. When lifting heavy object remember to use your legs! Your legs are the base of your strength and no matter how strong you believe you are, if you are unbalanced it can result in injury.  Some injuries could be:

  • Slipped disk
  • A hernia
  • pulled lower back
  • pinched nerve in shoulder

Be smart about lifting & moving & enjoy the experience!

 

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