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Healthier Me: Sandbagging and Sandbag-itis

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As you prepare for the upcoming flood -- don't forget about your health.

Because of debris and the possibility for cuts and wounds, all flood volunteers should make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations. Adults should receive a tetanus shot every 10 years.

Sandbag Central in Fargo is now open and that means the heavy lifting is underway.

Dr. Bob Martino at Sanford Health says with sandbagging comes something he calls"sandbagitis."

He says people need to listen to their bodies when they start filling and throwing the bags.
In years past, people have come in after the flood with significant injuries.

Dr. Martino often treats strains and sprains associated with fighting a flood, but he says some people even suffer a torn meniscus or rotator cuffs.

Dr. Bob Martino: "You can get some substantial injuries. There is a lot of force used when you sandbag. There is a lot of twisting and you are often on uneven ground. You can suffer significant muscular skeletal injuries... Not to mention the cardiovascular system."

Dr. Martino says paying attention to your heart is critical. He compared sandbagging to shoveling snow. It can be harder work than we think... And no one wants to suffer a heart attack in the middle of the flood. 

 

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