|MineFit 1.1: Locomotion and Posture|
The Locomotion and Posture initiative under the IMA-NA MineFit program provides education and resources to help miners learn to move their bodies in a way that is both efficient and prevents injury. The topics below have been designed to address particular problem areas in the mining industry.
Step Strong: Fitness Principles for Stair Safety
Stairs are a frequent cause of injury in the mining industry. Many of the injuries are directly related to stairs (such as slips and falls) while others are indirect (such as wear and tear on backs and knees that develops into injuries without the role of stairs are being suspected. Most people, including those in the mining industry, walk up and down stairs incorrectly. They overuse their knees and backs, and do not engage the appropriate muscles in the hips. They also do not use the entire foot, and that contributes to slips.
As a bonus for health, while teaching people to properly ascend and descend stairs as an omnipresent aspect and integral part of their job, they will also be encouraged to consider stairs (including gym stair machines) as a very efficient way for busy people to enjoy cumulative improvements to their muscles and joints.
Perfect Posture: Fitness Principles for Better Sitting and Standing
Straight, Strong Backs: Using Posture to Prevent the "Big Three Back" Injuries and Improve Spinal Health
Understanding the Role of Muscles and Movement to Prevent Chronic and Acute Pain