From Tackling to Tailgating - Common Injuries and Prevention: Part 1 Proper Lifting Techniques

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From Tackling to Tailgating - Common Injuries and Prevention: Part 1 Proper Lifting Techniques

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With fall in the air, we’re dedicating this month’s series to common injuries occurring during football season. However, we’re not starting on the gridiron, we’re starting in the stands as many of the injuries we see in the clinic are suffered by the fans. LSU fans are known for going all out during their tailgates with boudin, jambalaya, and gumbo. But putting together a great tailgate also involves moving tables, lifting coolers, and putting up tents – all of which can cause injury if proper technique isn’t utilized. The first part of the series will easily summarize proper lifting techniques to use not only during football season, but in everyday life as well.


-          Used for light to moderate weight objects such as small packs of waters and sodas, small coolers, boxes, or groceries

-          Stand as close as you can to the object

-          Squat down, keeping the back straight to grasp the object

-          Pick up the object and hold close to the body while tightening stomach muscles

-          Stand up using the large leg muscles

The first video, of an LSU fan, demonstrates proper lifting techniques that one should follow when picking up heavy items, while the second video, of a Bama fan, shows what improper lifting techniques looks like.



-          Used for heavier objects or those too large to safely pick up on your own: tables, large boxes and large packs of water, large tailgating tents

-          Stand on both sides of object, as close as possible

-          Have good communication about when to lift and in what direction to go

-          Each person should follow the basic squat lift instructions at left



-          It is always better to push rather than pull

-          Test the load, and make sure the path is clear

-          Stand facing the object with your hands on the object

-          Place one foot behind the other, bend at the knees, keep the back straight, and tighten the abdominal muscles

-          Push object using legs and arms; keep a slow, steady pace without jerking

-          When ready to stop, slowly ease up and come back to a standing position

So when lifting your cooler this football season, don't lift like an Alabama fan and remember your proper body mechanics!

If your experience any kind of lifting injury, you may benefit from seeing a physical therapist. We work with you on an individual basis to address YOUR deficits and improve YOUR technique. Contact us at one of our 7 clinics to set up an appointment with one of our physical therapists.