By Nicole Chaudet, Executive Director, Product Execution
During an average work day, many of us perform tasks in a wide variety of fields—both inside and outside the workplace—that could put our health and welfare at risk. While our jobs may seem harmless and safe, workplace injuries can and do happen anywhere. On-the-job injuries result in pain and suffering, as well as heavy financial losses for millions of workers and employers.
Consider the facts:
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 3 million on-the-job injuries occur each year. While not all of these injuries were considered serious, more than one-third were severe enough to require time off work in order to recover.
- Last year there were 1,153,490 days-away-from-work cases due to injuries reported with an average of eight days away from work to recuperate.
- Workplace injuries cost employers nearly $60 billion a year.
Nobody expects to be injured on the job. Unfortunately, accidents do happen. A partial list of the most common workplace injuries
, as well as the underlying causes, includes:
- Overexertion: Often resulting in sprains and strains to the lower back, overexertion is the most common type of workplace injury and is caused by using excessive physical effort when pulling, lifting, carrying, and pushing items.
- Slips, trips and falls: These injuries may result in sprains, torn ligaments and fractures.
- Bodily reaction: A bodily reaction injury may occur when an employee trips or slips, avoids falling, but still sustains an injury such as a twisted or sprained ankle.
- Repetitive motion: These injuries stem from employees repeatedly engaging in the same motions. Examples include using a computer mouse, lifting boxes and working on an assembly line.
- Sitting disease: Prolonged sitting can contribute to muscle weakness and imbalance.
Optimize employee health and well-being
Clearly, movement matters, and often we are unaware of muscular imbalances that can lead to pain, injury and decreased movement functionality. At HealthFitness, we help your employees move smarter, more efficiently and healthier—with Movement Efficiency Testing through our partnership with Fusionetics®.
Initially designed for elite athletes, Fusionetics delivers effective solutions to prevent and reduce injuries, decrease pain and optimize employee health.
Whether used in an office or manufacturing setting, Fusionetics enables your employees to perform at their full capacity and contribute to your organization.
- Healthier employees
- Injury prevention
- Proactive solution for employees to remain viable performers
- Reduced costs of injuries and illness
- Reduced fatigue
- Reduced recovery time
- Reduced workers’ compensation claims and injury-related absenteeism
How it works
Fusionetics uses a science-driven approach that is easy to implement by our trained wellness professionals. With the Fusionetics approach and technology platform, HealthFitness is able to assess an employee’s mobility and stability to help identify muscular deficits and imbalances, which can predispose an individual toward a higher risk of injury.
Employees start with a Movement Efficiency Test, given by Certified HealthFitness staff. The test focuses on seven areas of the body, and the results are processed through the Fusionetics platform, which generates a personalized movement efficiency score and a corrective exercise plan. To help measure results, clients receive cumulative participant reporting on status and progress.
Contact us to learn how Fusionetics can help your employees move smarter, more efficiently and healthier.
Fusionetics is a registered trademark of Fusionetics, LLC.
About the author:
As Executive Director, Product Execution, Nicole is charged with leading the team that takes new products, services and product enhancements to market. She has been delivering employee wellness programs and solutions, both on-site and in a consultative role, for more than 20 years. She has served in several roles at HealthFitness, including program manager, fitness operations and regional director.