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Move Smart and Stay Safe: Proactive Steps for Injury Reduction and Prevention with Kelly Lynch Feldkamp

Move Smart and Stay Safe: Proactive Steps for Injury Reduction and Prevention

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We are thrilled to feature a lively and perceptive conversation with Kelly Lynch Feldkamp, an expert injury prevention specialist and founder of ProVention Plus. Kelly passionately advocates using our body movements as a critical factor to stay safe and proactively reduce and prevent soft tissue injuries. Tune in as Kelly shares the many benefits of preventive physical therapy, highlighting how it can elevate safety for your team on and off the job site and improve their overall personal health with proactive injury prevention and reduction strategies. Don’t miss out on this dynamic conversation filled with invaluable insights!

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Hi, and welcome to the Safety Guru. Very excited to have her with me, Kelly Lynch Feldkamp. She’s a specialist in injury prevention and reduction. Kelly, welcome to the show. Really excited to have you with me.

Thanks so much for having me, Eric. I’m excited to be here and talk to you guys. Excellent.

Let’s start out with a little bit about your passion for safety and the journey that got you in this space.

Yeah. So, my focus is really on injury reduction and injury prevention. It’s the soft tissue kind, right? So, I got involved in this world of injury reduction about 20 years ago. It started off with someone once telling me, hey, why don’t you stretch these people out? All these people. I had this opportunity to work with people in an industrial setting. I was like, Okay, well, I know fitness. I know the body. This should be no problem. And then someone came to me and said, my knee isn’t feeling great. And I first thought I had was like, well, how do I stretch a knee? And so, it got me totally delving into what I can do for someone who’s not feeling great in all of their body areas. And so, what that led me down is the area of massage therapy. So, where I realized I had to go from just stretching and movement to actually touching and working with people as well. So that’s where I started my journey of this whole idea. And I realized, man, there is a way to help people feel better when they’re not feeling great. And that just made me so excited.

And I started to work with all sorts of people: anyone sitting at a desk, anyone working out in exercise, anyone doing industrial work. And then, when I had that opportunity to work with the people in the industrial setting at that time, and now I started calling them the industrial athlete or the job site athlete, I realized I was working with a group of people that will not get the help unless either they’re forced to, or they’re bleeding out of seven different areas or for many different reasons, maybe they don’t know that they have an opportunity to get the help or they’re too afraid to talk about it. So, I had this opportunity, and my passion just blossomed. I realized I like working with everybody, but I love working with individuals who are working in manual labor or the industrial setting. That’s where it came from.

That’s awesome. Tell me a little bit about the case for strains and sprains because it’s one of the most common injury types. Tell me a little bit about it and how you could make a difference from a stretching standpoint, but other things as well, because I want to also go into the limitations of other approaches.

Yeah, sure. I think one of the things we have to remember is we have almost in many of these industries where there’s a lot of movement is we’ve accepted just there’s a certain percentage of strains and sprains that we’re going to have. We’re saying, Okay, well, and you know what? Each one, on average, costs about $34,000. That’s on average. I think the number is actually going up now because of our treatment of these injuries. Unfortunately, I think we’re moving more towards the surgery route in a lot of things, and that’s going to take our costs up even more than they are now. We’re at this juncture where we really, really have to look at the prevention side of things. My argument has always been if we can prepare the body for the movements that it has to do in its day or in, week or career, we can lessen the opportunity for strains and sprains. Strains and sprains come from repetitive motion, overuse, overextension, things that when the body isn’t ready for something that It happens. So, if we can, again, step back and say, how can we get each body better prepared for all the things it might have to do?

And the simple example for this, I would say, is if you’re doing something repetitive motion, so you’re moving to your left many, many times throughout the day. And then, out of the corner of your eye, you see, let’s just say, a screwdriver dropping. You go to grab it to your right. Well, your body has been set up by this movement you’re doing all day long, and maybe even days in a row to the soft side. And now you go to that right side. And gosh, it wasn’t even a hard or excessive movement. It was just a regular movement, but to a place that your body wasn’t ready for. So, my approach and my thought and with Prevention, and what we’re looking to do is Move the body in all the ways that it can move. Our spine is meant to flex. Our spine is meant to extend. Our arms are meant to reach up. Think about the person who has a little bit of pain in their shoulders. They stop reaching into that position. They don’t reach as high as they used to. And then all of a sudden, over the course of a couple of months, now you can’t even do it.

So, I think the strains and sprains that we’re experiencing, especially in the workplace, are not approaching this in the right way. We’re not saying, hey, if there’s something that you’re noticing, let’s just call safety folks into this. If we could educate safety folks a little bit more on the body, the actual body, not the proper place to lift from, not the proper lifting technique. Those are important, 100%. But if we can educate the safety folks on how the body is supposed to move and meant to move, maybe we can jump in there with our stretch and flex programs and be a little bit more thoughtful. It shouldn’t be just, Hey, hold this static stretch, this non-moving stretch for 10 seconds, and then move to the next one. It should actually be dynamic. We should be warming the muscles, the joints, and the areas that are going to be used in all of the ways they may be used that day, certainly in the way they are going to be used, but also in the ways that they could be used. We want to say that job task rotation is wonderful but not always available, depending on the industry that you’re in.

For sure. How do we prepare the person doing the job? Or suggest, rather. This is more of a suggestion. You are doing this motion to one side, or you’re flexing at the hips all day long. Can we give you a motion to do the opposite of that motion throughout the day many different times? The suggestion I would have is even ten times a day, you’re moving in the opposite direction. Nice and quickly, you’re not lifting a ton of weight, but you’re preparing your spine for maybe that right side rotation or that back from being bent over all day. Maybe you’re standing up and extending, again, 10, 20 times a day because it takes about three seconds at most. But again, you’re getting that blood flow. You’re getting that memory of your muscles. Your bodies can take it so that when you get home, for example, and your three-year-old runs up to you, and you bend over to grab them, and you throw them up in the air, and all of a sudden, your back is out because your body wasn’t ready for that. I mean, goodness gracious. I can’t think of a worse thing than that. And that didn’t happen at work, quote-unquote, right?

Sure. So, how does that person deal with it? So overall, my company’s goal is, how do we reduce injuries? My passion lies in how I make sure that that person never has an experience where they’re doing their outside-of-work things and they get hurt or they feel bad, or they can’t even do them because they don’t feel good. So that’s where my passion is at. And again, that was long-winded. I went a little bit on a tangent, but it’s like one lead into another leads into another for me. And that’s why I see the movement, the aspect, the physical movement of a human being doing these jobs to be so important and so missed. The only time we touch on it from our safety side, it seems most of the time, is through our stretch and flex. What I’m saying is we need to focus a little bit more on what it can bring, what stretch, and flex programs can bring if we do them correctly and add them more. Not just in the morning, but after lunch, after breaks, that thing.

Sure. I like the element of you saying the reverse of the task you’re doing is the same as when you’re talking about somebody working on a computer you tend to be hunched over, and you bend, so you’re trying to, how do you open up and do the opposite movement? Very similar.

Absolutely. One benefit that we’ve had in working with companies is they’re industrial companies, but they also have to have an office side, an admin side. So, we get to work with people that are sitting on the computer. Even on the construction site, there’s usually a trailer, and people are… I walk in there, and they’re like this for hours and hours on end. So, I’m doing exercise. It’s hunched over their computer. So, I’m giving them exercises all the time for that as well. I’m going to hit both sides. Anytime I see someone, there’s always something that someone can do better that they don’t even realize is an option. And that’s what it is. It’s like, how can I bring this to your attention so that you notice, hey, you know what? Sitting at your desk, you’re leaning on your right elbow the entire time. And then you come and see me, and you’re saying that you’re left lower back hurts. Well, let’s see what we can do about that. It’s There’s a connection there. They don’t see it. I see it. I can give them the input and say, hey, we could work together all day long, you and me, personally.

But if you don’t change the patterns that you have outside of this room with me, you’re still probably not going to feel that benefit because you need to be responsible. So, there’s some personal responsibility in there, too, which I’m not saying that people don’t take that, but if they don’t know that there’s something they can do about it, then how can they take personal responsibility for that part? For sure.

So, what you’re describing sounds very individualized in terms of focus. Tell me a little bit about the difference. A lot of stretch and flex are not individualized. It’s everybody doing the same thing at the same time. Pros and cons: something that’s more individualized versus something that’s more group setting.

Yeah. So, stretch and flex programming; group warm-up programming. However you want to name it, whatever you want to call it should always be with the group, right? We want to get the group out there. We want to do it as often as possible because that’s going to get some camaraderie. You can have a few laughs when you’re doing it, have some fun when you’re doing a hip circle, and everyone’s laughing because it’s hilarious. But we’re doing it, and laughing is good, too. So, there’s a benefit, right? The beauty of that is that you’re going to hit just basically, I would say 80 to 90 % of people are going to get a benefit from that. There is going to be a small percentage that’s maybe not going to feel great with it. But the thing I think about with that is that’s that moment. That’s that mind-body connection for that individual, that athlete, my job site athlete that says, hey, gosh, my shoulder wasn’t moving the way I wanted it. It didn’t feel great when I got up to that. Maybe I’m going to be a little thoughtful today in how I move.

Maybe I’m going to ask for a little bit more help with X, Y, and Z tasks because I’m now feeling that that doesn’t feel great. If the first time you move is at 17, when you’re done with all your safety stuff and all of your talks, and you just start moving, there’s no idea in your head that something’s not feeling great. So you might just, right off the bat, not be in a great spot. So first, that takes it from that group to that individual for that person, that actual person. But the approach that we have at Prevention Plus is we get to do that group work, and then we’re watching everybody during that time, and we’re taking note of what might be going on with individuals. We then, and it’s a beautiful opportunity, get the opportunity to actually work with folks one-on-one. So, our job site athletes can come in to see us 15 minutes a day, and we try to do a focus every week, every couple of weeks. Whenever we’re on the job site, people can come in on a voluntary basis. It is not just for the person who’s not feeling great.

It is for everybody because we create compensations and patterns in our movement that we are unaware of, and we may not have any discomfort or pain from that. But over the course of a career, we’re going to have some problems with it. We want to literally physically touch everybody. When they come in for a session, they get an assessment of what’s happening in their actual movement. We’re talking to them, hey, what are your previous injuries? What’s going on in your day-to-day life? What are your job activities? What are your activities outside of work? We gather all of that information. Do you have diabetes? Is there something else that we need to be concerned with? Then, we get some actual hands-on work. Some clinical manual therapy, massage therapy, that’s a short period of time that we get to work with them. We get to find out what’s happening in their muscles, and then we give them exercises. We’re doing work with them. They’re doing some movement with us. Okay, let’s try this out. Think physical therapy, but we’re doing prevention. We’re not doing rehab, right? Sure. And then right after those movements, then they’re going to get their homework.

So, they’re going to leave us with something. It may be, and this might sound funny because it’s not going to work for everybody, but it may be a breathing exercise. Okay, this is how you’re going to do this. And I really want you to focus on this for the next week until I see you again. It may be an exercise with a band. It may be an exercise on the floor before they get out on the job site or at work every day. Or it might be something that they’re doing that 20 times a day for three seconds throughout the day to balance out their bodies. So, we are so lucky to have that one-on-one time. I understand not every company can do that because it’s four larger companies. You got to have at least on the warehouse floor, there’s got to be at least 40 folks in the construction site, in the logistics center, whatever it is. There’s got to be a lot of people. But one thing that I will say is the warmups that we’re able to try to get out to other folks, other companies that are smaller, is we’re trying to focus on that individual.

So, what we’re doing is we have an app that’s in formation currently, where the person is going to be able to get their morning warmup. That’s going to be the traditional stretch and flex warmup, meaning it’s for everybody. And then, throughout the day, they can do their movement breaks. And in those movement breaks, they could say, hey, My shoulder wasn’t feeling great, and it was feeling achy, or it was feeling sharp. They’re going to get a funnel towards their particular exercises and their particular three-minute exercise movement break throughout the day. We’re creating other options for companies that have a smaller workforce, which is a lot of companies, right? There are a lot of people working in all of those small companies, and they need individualized care as well. That’s our main goal overall, is to reach as many individuals as possible because we see the benefit of getting to that minute level. Each person, each athlete, brings something to the table. However, you want to focus on thinking about it; if you think about it from a cost perspective, each of our athletes, if they are injured, man, they cost a lot of money.

It’s not just the side that I look at that I’m broken-hearted for what they’re going through, but from the side of replacing an injured worker, right? However, we can start to lower those two from the business side.

What I’m hearing is really a blend of group exercise with a lot of individualized because I’ve seen some approaches where it’s all individualized, and you have different people doing different things at the same time. That can get confusing, but also, the person who doesn’t want to do it can just play along because you can’t really see what’s going on.

100%, and I think that’s just it. I love the idea that individualized moments are great. But if you don’t have that group camaraderie about it, I think you’re right. I think more and more people are like, I’m good. I don’t need to do that. I’ll just move a little bit, but I’ll hide in the background, and no one’s going to notice me because everyone’s doing different things. I’ll just tell them I’m breathing.

Or I’ll drink my coffee as I’m stretching, and that’s my stretch.

Well, no. The most hilarious thing always to me is when I get this opportunity to go out to, this would be specific to construction, but go out to a construction job site before Prevention is working with them, and I watch them do their stretch and flex. And my most… I say favorite, but I say this in almost the most jokingly way because the leader got up to do the stretch and flex, and the first movement he did while I was watching all these people had cigarettes in their mouths and they have their coffee in their hand. And the first movement this guy does is the deepest squad I’ve ever seen. And I was like, oh, my gosh. And I just have to stand back and act like everything’s fine. And so, I take that moment. When I’m first new onto a job site, I’m always like, okay, guys, here we go. Let’s get together. Let’s spread out and make some room. But cigarettes out, coffee down. Let’s do this. Let’s bring it in. Let’s be focused for just literally five minutes on yourself and your body. But it isn’t taken seriously. And I still, even in my groups, because the groups can be anywhere from 40 to 200 people, which is fantastic.

It’s such a cool feeling. And I got to tell you, the times that we’ve had people come up, even from far in the back, that have said, gosh, that’s the best warmup I’ve had before work. And it’s just because it’s a little different. It’s actually warming the muscles. So, we get… Yeah. I just think it can be taken seriously, or it can be taken very non-seriously. Absolutely. And you can have some fun with it, even if you take it seriously. I think that’s the other point. You could do it with a smile on your face and have some fun and laugh a little.

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That gets me to the objection side. How do you handle objections? Because too many times I’ve seen people say, No, I’m good. I’m tough. I don’t need to do the stretch. I mean, that’s probably one of the most common ones you hear.

It is. Gosh, you hear that. What’s funny to me is you hear that from the 22-year-old, and you hear it from the 65-year-old. It’s like either the 65-year-old says, I’m good, or he says, I’m too far gone. There are two aspects. That, unfortunately, can come to the group. You can speak to the group about it. What I try to focus on when I have that opportunity is to say, Hey, the movement of your body, the better movement you have, the better work you have, the better life you have outside of work. I’m trying to create that connection to how you can actually move your body. nonwork-related will actually have a better effect on your work, but again, have that effect on your outside of work. So that’s the approach that I have on the grand scale. But if I have the chance to talk to an individual, the best I can do is meet that person where they are and try to give them a specific thing that’s going to be most helpful to them. If that person, if I can have that moment with them, and let’s just say it is that 65-year-old who has to drive.

I’m going to give him an example. Maybe he’s driving an hour and a half to work there and back in the morning, an hour and a half at night, or maybe two hours a night. I’m going to hit him with something he can do in his car and say, hey, give this I went in your car a chance over the next week or two weeks when I see you next. Then let’s talk about it. Did that make a difference in how you felt when you got out of the car when you got home, or when you got here in the morning? If I can win them over with something little, then maybe I can draw them in a little bit more. But that takes focus, that takes energy. And I will say not every person is totally passionate about it like I am, so I would never expect everyone to do that. But if you can hit someone with something specific for them, it will likely make that change. But then that person also, the most hesitant, becomes the biggest advocate when something’s worked for them. So, then they’re the ones out there going, hey, get in there.

Just try it. Or try this. Come on, folks, we’re here. Let’s not talk. Let’s do this. Kind of thing. Yeah, those are the ones we want to win over.

And what’s the role of the leader? And how do you see a leader really lean in? I think a big piece I’ve seen is some organizations, the leader is all bought in, brings the boom box and makes it a fun thing, or they are fitness fanatics, and then they speak with eloquence around it because they exercise all the time versus the others who just stay in the back and tune out. Yeah.

One of the things I have to say is the worst thing we can do is almost have a rotating, and this would be specific to your stretch and flex. I almost have a rotating stretch leader because there are so many folks that, A, hate being in front of people. It is their nightmare. And B, don’t know movement at all. Don’t care about it. Don’t think it’s important. So, if you throw someone in that situation, guess how that stretch and flex is going to go? It’s going to go pretty bad. And if you do enough of those, no one’s paying attention. So why don’t we find our advocates? Why don’t we find our champions for movement? You know them. You see them out there on the warehouse floor, the ones that are jacked and in the gym every day. And that’s what they love. So why not ask if they’ll be that person and have them bring in other people who would also be interested in doing that? Because they know it, they care about it, they think it’s important. And other people feed off of that, I believe. I think that’s true. So, I think if that’s what you’re asking for, the leader of warming up, that thing, get your champions.

For the leaders in the organization, this is where it gets a little difficult because you can have the, let’s just call the executives, they’re all in. They think it’s super important. They look at their manual laborers as their athletes. They look at this: the body is so important. This is great. But then you get a little bit further down, and those people, the foremen or the superintendent or whoever, they have a job to get done. And they’re just looking at like, hey, we got to get up to the seventh floor today. And if we don’t do it, we’re going to have these problems. So, they don’t necessarily see it. So, you really have to put some energy into winning them over. It helps when you have it coming from the executives, and the executives say, Unfortunately, some of the people are just to be told, this is important. You got to do it. I don’t care how you feel about it. I don’t care if you think seven minutes at the beginning of the day, seven minutes after lunch or four minutes after lunch is going to just ruin your whole week or your month or your project.

I don’t care what you think. We’re doing this. I don’t like that approach. But at the end of the day, that’s how it has to be: we got to get these people that are in front of our manual laborers, our craft, our athletes. They’ve got to buy in. They can’t stand by the side and be like, Okay, fine, do it, and look at their watch the entire time because that’s not going to be a winning combination for sure.

They’ve got to take part. They’ve got to show it matters to them.

They do. Even if they have to pretend, and if I have that opportunity to talk to someone who I know isn’t totally into it, I’ll be like, you know what? Just give it this. Give it this moment. Give it this time, this every day, because your guys are actually going to feel better for it, and they’re going to know that you care about them. If you can put it that way, maybe even two, that I think is helpful.

I love the message you were sharing about this. It is also about being able to lift your three-year-old child and link it to something personal. It’s not just about work, because I think that element also is very important. I know a lot of the branding around industrial athletes also helps because every athlete stretches. But even then, it doesn’t always become simple to explain.

Well, so yeah, and that’s it, too. Really going off on the athlete idea, again, are we, anyone, you talk to anyone, and they know, you look at a professional athlete, you know that the inputs into their body, whether it’s diet, like food, or whether it’s exercise, movement, whether it’s recovery, you know that those folks are doing that because they have a team of people helping them, and they know it’s important. But then you, let’s just say I’m the person out in the warehouse, and I’m lifting stuff all day long. Maybe I don’t think of myself as an athlete, even though I’m doing a ton of movement. I have no off-season. I’m moving all of the time, all of the days. But I don’t think of myself as an athlete. If someone came to me and told me, hey, you move like an athlete. Yeah, it’s not exactly the same. You’re definitely not getting paid like one. But you don’t have a team of people around you to help you with this, but you know what? The inputs going in will help you create that maximum output for work, but also, again, that movement that you want outside of work.

So, let’s do this moment and let’s talk about how stretching and movement prep before work is important. Let’s talk about how the things that you eat and consume are very important to you. But let’s also talk about that recovery, whether that means you get to sleep at night, if you can, depending on your world and your life, if you can even Again, also at night, taking those moments to do some of those movements, those stretches, those things. This is what athletes just… Their world. This is their world. Their body is their world. It just makes so much sense to think about a person who’s moving their body for their living, for their organization, for their team to win or to produce. That’s an athlete. So, let’s start thinking about ourselves if we’re in that situation or our manual labor as our athletes, and let’s take care of them as best we can. Of course, we cannot give them the ice baths and the saunas and the like. It’s a beautiful idea. I understand that that’s not going to happen anytime soon. But if we can give them the idea that there are things they can do for themselves and help them in the ways that our company, to whatever degree that is, that’s where we need to move our culture.

Because if we don’t, we’re going to be running into a problem we’re not going to have. We’re going to have such a shortage. We already have a shortage now, right? We’re going to have more and more of a shortage of individuals who will be able to do this. Then that means that our workers that are doing it are going to be older. That leads to even more problems when it comes to sprains, sprains, and beyond that because those injuries are going to be worse, and they’re going to keep people out longer. It can go down a bad path that we don’t want to.

Yes, for sure. I know when we first connected, you touched on a topic that I thought was quite interesting: power gaps and the links back to athletes. Tell me a little bit more, because that’s another frame that we need to reframe.

Yeah. And again, our perfect world versus what will be anytime soon. But okay, in all my research on athletes, because I’ve researched athletes, I looked into what the schedule is like. How much time are they spending with their warmups? How much time are they… I’m really looking at this because I want to have some thoughtfulness in how I speak about this and how I think about it. And so, time and time again, I don’t care if we’re talking about basketball players or professional runners. They They are taking naps. They are taking naps in the day. They’re getting so much recovery. And that nap might be in addition to the time they’ve spent on the table with an athletic trainer or a massage therapist or anything like that. So my thought is if you have the opportunity, the space, the time. Here’s an example. Oftentimes on construction sites, a construction worker has the ability to go to their car at lunch. Okay. Sure. So, let’s say they go to their car at lunch, they have a quick bite, or they take 10 minutes at the beginning of their lunch, and they take a quick nap.

Then they have a bite, and then they go back on the job. Then, they do their warmup before they get back on the job. Because the thought is here you are exhausted from the five and a half hours of sleep you got the night before, and you woke up at 4:00 in the morning to get to work again. That’s just saying that that was, on average, what you’re getting. It wasn’t even interrupted by the dog or the kiddos or by you waking up just randomly. We’re not starting off at a good spot anyway. You’re exhausted, and what you’re going to do is you’re just going to continue to drink caffeine all day long. And then by three o’clock, you’re like, I got to drive home, so I got to have another cup of coffee or a Coca-Cola at worst. You’re going to have 39 grams of sugar and caffeine. And then at 9:30, when you should be going to bed, you can’t because you’re exhausted and jacked up on caffeine. So, it’s a repetitive motion. So how do we say, hey, have that cup of coffee in the morning? And then at 10:00, if you have that break or that lunch or whatever it is, take 10 minutes of that moment and just rest, close your eyes, close your eyes, see if you sleep.

Set that alarm so you wake up. And my hope is, and my thought is, that just a power net brings you back and gives you that boost of energy that you need way more than another cup of coffee would. But then you pair that with that movement right after you’ve gotten out of that. And that’s what really will help boost the energy, as opposed to just having you walk back into the job site like a zombie. So again, I don’t know how often this is going to be available to people or if this is just totally a pipe dream, and depending on the industry that you’re In, this is my main goal. We could actually have a conversation where someone wouldn’t glance at someone that’s a manual labor, sleeping. They wouldn’t be like, oh, lazy. Actually, oh, that’s good. They’re getting the rest that they need to pop back out there and actually be energetic for the rest of the day.

In all it takes, I was reading the other day is 10 minutes. It’s not an hour nap. It’s not a siesta for 2 hours. No. It’s 10 minutes.

Yeah. It really is a 10-minute window where, again, even if it’s just breathing, closed eyes, breathing. But I can’t tell you what’s the worst. The thing that we do instead is we’ve got our Monster Energy Drink and our telephone, and we’re in the worst slouched, awful position. Our neck is cranked over our phone, and we’re watching that for 15 minutes. Oh, my gosh. You can’t tell me you come back from that feeling better than you would if you just put everything down and closed your eyes for 10 minutes. And that’s, unfortunately, a habit that also it’d be hard not only from the executive and upper-level people to say, hey, naps would be good, but also from the employee and the job site athlete person to say, put your phone down, because they can’t look at their phone all day long. So they probably want that moment to be like, I want to relax. And that’s probably what they’re saying. But it’s not relaxing to watch whatever you’re watching in a bad position. You’re not giving your mind a break. That’s going to come from all sides to try to change that idea, too.

There’s a pro as well for the executive. It creates more alertness. It’s much better than caffeine. There’s no withdrawal system, no withdrawal from sugar or anything like that after, but it’s just 10 minutes.

That’s the idea.

Excellent. Kelly, thank you so much for joining us today. Somebody wants to get in touch with you. What’s the best way to do that?

You can go to Proventionplus.com. We are on Instagram and LinkedIn at Prevention Plus. It’s P-R-O-V-E-N-T-I-O-N, not prevention, prevention. Gosh, what I love about what we’re doing on Instagram is we’re sending out morning movements and ideas throughout the day about movement. I would suggest if you guys have a question about something that’s going on with you individually or something that’s happening on the job site, send a message. I’d love to get the input because we’re constantly trying to keep up with all of the movements that are happening and all of the things that need to be addressed through movement and movement prep. So please reach out. We’d love to hear from you.

Thank you so much, Kelly.

You’re so welcome. Thank you.

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Kelly Lynch Feldkamp is the Founder of ProVention Plus, an onsite injury prevention company that is changing the way companies take care of their manual labor or craft employees. Kelly has a Master’s Degree in Exercise and Wellness and is the creator of the Move Better Program used by thousands of Jobsite Athletes over the last 20 years. Kelly has a passion for helping our Jobsite Athletes reduce the discomfort that many believe is an unfortunate but necessary part of the profession. 

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