Yoga and the EMT

There is no doubt that a physically demanding career like EMS can make one prone to many acute and chronic injuries. Engaging in a yoga program could prove to be an affordable and accessible solution.


Starting a yoga program is easier than it sounds. Once enough people are ready to participate, find the right-sized space for the lessons and practice to take place, and gather the tools needed to get started. Most yoga mats can be found at your local Wal-Mart or online stores, and videos and books can be found online at major bookstores and libraries.

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Douglas Matthews works for the Union County Health Department in Marysville, OH.

Diana Spillman is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Miami University in Oxford, OH.