How old is too old to shovel Minnesota snow?
Don’t ask John Gustafson or Max Goldman, the beloved characters of “Grumpy Old Men” fame, “How old is too old to shovel snow?” “ You might just get a big, “Why don’t you do the world a favor by grabbing your lower lip and running it over your head and swallowing?” “
Ask someone who may be a little more open-minded and with a medical background, and you’ll likely get a different, more educated answer.
According to a study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, snow removal is not for everyone.
In the study, nearly 200,000 people were treated in US emergency rooms for shoveling-related incidents during the 17-year study period, with an annual average of 11,500 people requiring medical attention. .
Doctors say that in addition to soft tissue injuries and lower back problems, heart attacks are also at an increased risk when shoveling snow.
The most common reasons for a medical emergency are acute musculoskeletal strain, slips and falls, and being struck by a snow shovel. Cardiac emergency room visits represented 7% of cases in this study, including all reported deaths.
The bottom line is that the magical age of 45 (according to this study) is the age at which shoveling snow should be passed on to the next generation.
Obviously, this study was done by a group of softie Californians.