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Celebrating Health, Safety & Injury Prevention
The goals of ergonomic intervention are to reduce the impact of an injury that is already established and to prevent injuries from occurring. For those with an interest in ergonomics and the prevention injuries, June is the month to celebrate health, safety and injury prevention.
June 11-15 is Hand Therapy Awareness and Injury Prevention Week. Visit asht.org for more information.
Vitamin C improves immune system function, is a powerful antioxidant, and assists in the production of collagen which is necessary for tissue growth and repair. Increase your intake of Vitamin C when you are feeling stressed, if you are a smoker, or if you are recovering from a wound or from surgery.
Good food sources include: citrus, strawberries, papaya, guava, cauliflower,leafy greens, kale and bell peppers, and broccoli.
To Strengthen the Shoulder
Strengthening the rotator cuff of the shoulder is of critical importance, especially when performing repetitive or overhead work.
To strengthen the external rotators, lie on your side with your elbow tucked in at your side. Bring your hand in toward your stomach, then lift towards the ceiling (like a windshield wiper). Keep your upper shoulder relaxed throughout the exercise.
An alternative method is to sit on the floor with your left leg extended and your right knee bent. Prop your right elbow on your right knee with your hand pointing towards the ceiling. Rotate your right shoulder so that your hand moves toward your left knee. Do not change the angle of the bend in the elbow. Keep all muscles other than the shoulder rotators relaxed. Then return to starting position.
Use a light weight to start (1-2 pounds) and repeat 1-2 sets of 8-12 repetitions.
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