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Prevent Injuries Initiative

Why Musculoskeletal Health Matters

  1. Worldwide, back pain is the single leading cause of disability and pain, and it affects people of all ages.

  2. Weak core muscles contribute to lower back pain, injuries, and poor posture.

  3. Half of all people who work with computers suffer from Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

  4. Most RSI injuries develop over time from minor, repetitive movements that are performed frequently.

  5. Most people with musculoskeletal injuries recover and can avoid reinjury by changing the way they perform repetitive movements and adding time for rest.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are conditions that can affect your muscles, bones, ligaments, and joints. They are both common and costly. In the best cases, they are painful and in the worst cases, debilitating. Most of all, they are PREVENTABLE.


Maintaining musculoskeletal health is vitally important to your overall general health. It not only prevents PAIN, but also helps you to feel better and look healthier.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Benjamin Franklin

Making a choice to prevent injuries is a conscious decision to integrate practices into daily living that will strengthen your musculoskeletal system.


With the Prevent Injuries Challenge you will learn to:

  • Pay attention to ergonomics when working, sitting, and standing

  • Protect your spine with good posture and back exercises

  • Guard your wrists with breaks and exercises

  • Maintain and strengthen your core

“The art of life is avoiding pain.” Thomas Jefferson



1. Click here to access and print the "Passport" as a guide to your Virtual Exhibit.


2. Click here for the Prevent Injuries Virtual Exhibit and learn why and how to protect your head, back, wrists, and core to prevent injury.

Take Action

1. Click here to access and print the 4-week Prevent Injuries Challenge.


2. Record the days you incorporated injury prevention practices on the Prevent Injuries Challenge Sheet 

Access Support

1. Click here to view articles, videos, tools, and inspiration to succeed in the Prevent Injuries Challenge.


2. Access these support resources on the employee well-being portal.

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