Sprains and Strains

  • 6 topics | 31m 1s
  • Includes Assessment
  • Up to 30 languages
  • Transcripts
Each year, thousands of workers are injured in the workplace, costing employers billions of dollars in hidden costs. The most common of these injuries are sprains and strains. Most workplace injuries are caused by manual tasks, such as lifting or carrying loads, working in fixed positions, repetitive tasks, or using heavy, vibrating tools. Manual tasks, if not performed properly, are a leading cause of serious worker injuries such as sprains and strains, as well as permanent spinal damage, and often can debilitate workers who may need to take leave from work for extended periods. Workplace injuries can be costly to both employees and employers. In addition to being injured, employees may lose time from work, which could result in loss of or less income. And employers may experience lower productivity due to the need to replace the injured worker and train replacements. The course is designed to help you better understand sprains and strains so you will be more aware of what you are doing and how you are doing it, in an effort to prevent this type of injury from happening to you. The course was developed and reviewed with subject matter support provided by certified subject matter experts and industry professionals. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.


  • identify what a sprain injury is
  • identify the most common site of the body where sprains occur
  • identify common signs and symptoms of sprains
  • identify what a strain injury is
  • identify common sites of the body where strains occur
  • identify common signs and symptoms of strains
  • identify examples of tasks that might result in sprain and strain injuries in the workplace
  • identify four major sprain or strain injury risk factors associated with manual tasks
  • recognize key considerations involved in assessing and controlling risks
  • recognize key concepts associated with the physical and work factors that contribute to sprain and strain injuries
  • identify examples of conditions or actions that may increase the risk of a sprain or strain injury
  • recognize the effects of lifting on all surrounding joints and soft tissue
  • recognize how exercise programs can reduce injuries


  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tasks that Cause Sprain and Strain Injuries
  • Assessing and Controlling Risks
  • Factors and Actions that Cause Injuries
  • Preventing Injuries