Seminar Recap - Reduce Injuries with Core Strength

Body Leadership Australia held a seminar on the 9th of May. Hosted by Body Leadership Australia's Principal Physiotherapist, Paul Trevethan, the seminar focused on how to 'Reduce Injuries with Core Strength'.

Paul began the seminar by discussing some of the most common injuries that occur in the workplace. He stated, 'in 2009/2010 52,508 Queenslanders made claims for sprains, strains or musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Together these injuries make up 48% of all workplace injuries in Australia, costing $311.5 million in Queensland alone.' Injury prevention programs with a focus on core strength can help to significantly reduce these types of injuries.

Paul explained that core strength is important for a number of reasons. 'It holds, supports and keeps the pelvis level as well controlling movement at all points,' Paul said. Paul showed the group how to set their deepest layer of abdominal muscles as well as lower traps and deep neck flexors for correct posture, explaining these are essential for lifting throughout the work day.

Paul also spoke about how to use leg muscles properly to prevent degenerative changes over time and targeted specific strategies for strengthening to reduce the risk of trips and falls at work and in life. He then went through how to personally check your leg strength, getting the audience to complete a 2 to 1 exercise which can identify weaknesses in critical areas.

Paul discussed with the group how these skills can be used in conjunction with targeted SSTM Everyday injury prevention techniques to ease pain, nip problems in the bud and slash injury rates. Paul talked about using this strategy to target high risk groups and cited the examples of Incitec Pivot who are driving SSTM culture as well as NCM Scaffolds who used these techniques to reduce their injury rates by 87.5%.

Body Leadership would like to thank all guests for attending and we hope that you found the session both informative and helpful. If you would like any further information about our workplace injury solutions please do not hesitate to contact us on 07 3847 8040 or email