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From the Archives: Why You SHOULD Use Your Back as a Crane

by Mia Inman, PhD, SSC | January 26, 2019

In the 1980s, the New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) began a campaign to prevent lower back injuries in the general population. A central tenet of the ACC campaign was the phrase “Don’t Use Your Back like a Crane”. While this phrase is not as well known among younger people [1], those of us who are older had it drilled into us via TV, print media, at school and at home. This phrase is still used around the world today, and the underlying principle is still being followed, although alternative phrases such as “Lift with your legs” or “Bend at the knees” may also be employed.

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