Mobility & Stretch Program
Rancho Mesa's Drew Garcia enlisted personal trainer, Collin Dawson from BRZN Fitness to develop a stretch program specifically designed for the landscape and construction industries. The idea was to create a stretch program that would allow workers to stretch their bodies before starting their day. The program uses the company truck to help employees achieve total body activation in minimal time, while both stretching and strengthening the key muscles that surround common industry injuries.
What are the experts saying?
"Even light stretching activities can help you protect yourself from strain related injuries and back pain as the result of reaching, bending, or stooping during daily tasks. A well-stretched muscle more easily achieves its full range of motion, improving performance. Those who practice stretching also find it to be a great way to get you moving in the morning, to limber up after sitting for a long period of time, or a way to relax after a long day. Don't just stretch at work. Make it part of your daily routine.“
- Mark Stice, CSP/CHST, Bear Valley Loss Control Services, LLC
“Pre-shift meetings are required by regulations in many industries such as
construction. Employers often use these times to discuss general safety topics, compliance issues, and site specific hazards. All of these topics effectively improve awareness. But, safety managers who work to proactively address losses often take their programs to the next level by introducing pre-shift stretching. This simple activity gives the muscles an opportunity to warm up, increasing flexibility for the long day ahead. Many employers find this activity beneficial in other ways. An enhanced sense of teamwork, visibly positive safety culture, reduced long term fatigue and improved overall employee health are among the many intangible benefits. When senior management participates in these stretching activities, the employees see the commitment and respond accordingly. The programs may appear difficult to implement initially but the rewards in the long term are great with minimal investments of time. BHHC encourages proactive safety efforts and risk reduction activities such as pre-shift stretching routines.”
- Steve Hamilton Senior Loss Control Specialist, Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies