campus signAs a parent, sending your freshman off to the dorm rooms is a nerve-wracking experience: from seeing your child become a young adult to wondering how you plan on carrying their mini-fridge up three flights of stairs.

If you’re not being careful, moving can be a complete pain in the hide – figuratively and literally.  And the last thing you want to happen is be sidelined by an injury trying to move your freshman’s belongings from your car to their dorm room…and embarrassing them in front of a potential crush.

Here are a few common injuries that happen during college move-in day and how you can avoid them.

Sprained Ankles

All it takes is one misstep because you can’t see where you’re walking, and you end up rolling your ankle.

How to Avoid Sprained Ankles

Create a clear, wide path for moving things around the room to lower the risk of slips and trips.  Also, be sure to wear the right shoes like tennis shoes with a good grip, or work boots.

Strained Back

Even if you’re in great shape, or have done moving projects in the past, you can easily throw your back out of whack or worse when rearranging furniture.

How to Avoid Back Injuries

Be sure to practice good form to avoid back injuries during a move.

If you’ve heard the saying, “lift with your knees and not with your back,” you should know to squat down and not bend at the waist to lift heavy objects.

Broken Fingers and Toes

After being on your feet all day and carrying and unloading things, your busy hands and feet are vulnerable to injury.  All it takes is one dropped box to do some serious damage.

How to Avoid Broken Fingers and Toes

Make sure you’re wearing heavy-duty gloves and closed-toe shoes on mov-in day.  Also, make sure you can easily see where you are going when carrying items and boxes and enlist help when you need it.

 

Injury Treatment at AFC Urgent Care West Orange

Hurt on move-in day?  No worries! AFC Urgent Care West Orange provides treatment for a range of injuries including:

  • Sprains and Strains
  • Bruises
  • Fractures
  • And More

For more information about the services we provide, please call us at 973-669-5900.