Does stretching reduce injuries? This has long been a question of debate in the athletic world and is now also a question being asked by employers. Stretching programs have been gaining popularity in workplaces and they do have some merits. If you are considering implementing a stretching program for your employees, but are unsure whether the costs will outweigh the benefits, here are some questions to ask:
What type of industry am I in?
- Stretching programs may be more beneficial for certain industries (e.g. industrial settings with manual handling, offices with sedentary work).
What is the goal of the program?
- Studies have shown that stretching programs may not significantly reduce the incidence of musculoskeletal disorders. However, there is some evidence that stretching may reduce the severity of injuries, thereby reducing the costs associated with lost-time injuries.
How much time am I willing to set aside for participation?
- Stretching must be performed regularly, a minimum of 2-3 days per week, in order to realize the benefits.
There is no one solution for reducing workplace injuries. As part of a comprehensive ERGOnomic Program, stretching programs can help to promote workplace wellness and increase the health awareness of employees. No yoga mat required.
Benefits of Stretching
- Promotes movement
- Increases flexibility
- Improves circulation
- Improves posture
- Improves muscle coordination
- May reduce incidences & severity of injuries
- Provides stress relief/ul>
- Promotes overall health & well-being