Attention, Weekend Warriors

by | Apr 2024

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Spring is a wonderful time of year in Minnesota. After a winter of hibernation, greenery is finally starting to make its return.

But spring is also a time when potential injuries lurk in our own backyards. Yard work and gardening are all too common sources of lower back injury, resulting in pain and disability.

Spring activities that include repetitive bending, twisting and lifting are often the culprit, especially after being sedentary for several months. We often refer to this as the weekend warrior syndrome.

Employing proper lifting mechanics can help avoid such an episode. Keeping your back straight and using your legs to lift heavy objects is crucial. Lift like an elevator, not like a crane.

Warming up with some basic stretching can also prevent injury by loosening cold muscles that are not accustomed to the spring ritual of getting the yard ready for summer. Lifting outdoor furniture is a frequent offender. Work smarter, not harder by having two people lift furniture that is heavy and difficult to maneuver by yourself.

Take frequent breaks when you become tired or fatigued as a result of outdoor preparations. Injury often occurs when we reach a level of muscle fatigue. Take your time, and enjoy the process. Drinking plenty of fluids and staying hydrated also help prevent muscle cramping, spasm and injury.

These simple measures can help prevent injury and reduce the risk of falling prey to the weekend warrior syndrome.

Douglas Broman is the founder of Maple Grove’s Broman Chiropractic & Wellness Center, which also serves the Plymouth community. Find more at


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