Are you worried about a worker getting injured with the company stretch & flex routine?
Searching for data that says stretch and flex is a sure thing 💯 for reduction in injury costs?
You’re not alone.
I’m asked this all the time. Here’s my take on it:
1️⃣ STRETCHING DOES NOT WARM YOU UP! On the majority of worksites, the programs I see have zero warm up. Most leave a few squats at the end 🤦♀️ so I can understand where the concern comes from. A warm up must come first if you want more assurance to prevent problems from the work prep program. Safety talks should come before anything so the warming up will happen right before the work.
2️⃣ Stretching should be dynamic (with movement) and IN CONTROL (mobility). This main change will send the message to your crew that they should stay within their control zone and not push for anything more.
3️⃣ I know every safety pro wants/needs data to back up a proposed program or new initiative. On my end, I have recommendations from my clients if anyone needs it, but that’s for a comprehensive program NOT simply a stretch & flex poster or video.
I should disclose that I trust studies and data as far as my nose…for everything (diet plans, effects of stretching, wifi waves etc) because In My Opinion, you can make data say what you need it to by adding/removing variables and cherry picking numbers.
4️⃣ Have a Ninja/PT/ATC/CSCS help you with work task assessments and creation of a “Work Prep” routine. This means going onsite to determine similar movements to what the body will be doing, but I also like to include the correctional postures if the duration of a specific posture is lengthy.
5️⃣ Make it relevant. Make it badass and fun. That way if it’s in a group setting, most will participate eventually. #fomo is a real thing!
Anyone is free to contact me with any questions they have! Text me at 720-704-4851 or at firstname.lastname@example.org