Winter Injuries Hurt 11,000 Annually

By Scott Sarvay

Winter Injuries Hurt 11,000 Annually

January 11, 2011 Updated Jan 11, 2011 at 2:36 PM EDT

UNDATED (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - More than 11,000 people head to the Emergency Room every year because of snow shoveling injuries.

And researchers say that number is likely an under-estimate of people who get hurt while shoveling.

Doctors say most people strain their muscles when they over-exert themselves and about 20-percent are hurt by falls.

About 7-percent were related to heart problems, like a heart attack. Doctors say the combination of physical activity and freezing cold temperatures can be particularly risky.

Cold weather may constrict blood vessels.

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