Today I Learned...

Key Takeaways:
  • When gardening, it’s important to remember that there are dangers present in the garden
  • Many of these injuries can be prevented by following a few simple guidelines below

I love gardening. I love the smell of freshly cut grass, the warmth of soil between my toes, and the satisfaction of watching my plants grow. However, I've learned over the years that there are many things that can go wrong in your garden.

The good news is that many of these injuries can be prevented by following a few simple guidelines below.

Back Injuries

Whether you're a first-time gardener or a seasoned pro, one of the most common garden injuries is back pain. The best way to avoid this is to make sure that you are using proper posture and lifting techniques when working in your garden.

In addition to keeping your back healthy, using correct posture will also help prevent injury from other sources like straining muscles or twisting joints. To avoid back injuries, it's important to keep your body properly aligned so that you can distribute weight evenly across all parts of your body.

If you have any questions about proper lifting techniques or posture for gardening, talk to an occupational therapist for more information.

Protect your hands

Another thing we recommend is getting some gardening gloves. These can help protect your hands from blisters and cuts as well as from burning sun exposure if you're working outside all day—and even though those things might not seem like much now, they can grow into bigger problems down the line when it comes time for harvest season!

Use a kneeling pad or kneeling stool

When working on your garden, keep in mind that your knees are designed for kneeling. They're designed to absorb shock and distribute weight evenly throughout your entire leg. So if you're planting or weeding, try using a kneeling pad or stool so that you don't have to bend over all the time. If you don't have one of these items available, consider investing in one soon!

Sprains and strains in the wrist or hand

These types of injuries are often caused by using shovels or rakes incorrectly—don't lift anything too heavy, and always make sure that your wrists are straight when using these tools!

Take frequent breaks

When doing yard work or gardening, take frequent breaks so that your muscles can rest. When they're rested, they'll be less likely to become sore and strained while performing their duties in your yard or garden!

You don't have to give up gardening if you keep these tips in mind.

It’s easy to get carried away in the garden, but it’s important to remember that when you’re out there, there are hazards.

Overall, gardening is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air, plus it can be a lot of fun! And remember, if you do get injured while gardening, always seek medical attention immediately—even if it seems like just a scratch or bruise at first.

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