- Brent Osborn-Smith
How To Avoid Being Injured By Your Bird This Christmas
Updated: Dec 29, 2020
Feasting on gloriously large-breasted turkeys at Christmas is an unbeatable celebratory pleasure, but can also put one at severe risk of back injury. Lifting heavy birds in and out of the oven needs careful consideration. Turkey Injury can seriously compromise your festive season!
Lifting from a low position places strain on the lumbar spine, so here are a few tips on how to be compassionate with your back while, at the same time, enjoying a pain-free Christmas:
When inserting one’s bird into the oven, place one foot diagonally in front of the other and always be sure to keep the back straight, chest forward and to bend at the hips - not the lower back. There is a common misconception that bending the knees alone will ensure a safe lift, but this technique by itself still allows the back to curve, thereby risking injury.
Instead it is vitally important to keep looking horizontally ahead at all times. With a straight back, the muscles of the legs and hips will themselves produce the power needed to lift correctly. In this way, the muscles of the back will be less exposed and instead be used for maintaining a good overall posture, as they are designed to do.
Twisting is another dangerous mistake that can easily lead to Turkey Injury. When changing direction, always lead from the hips ensuring that the shoulders move in unison; this will prevent any uninvited hazardous jerks that might bring any aspiring or over-enthusiastic chef to grief.