Definition - What does Overexertion mean?
Safeopedia explains Overexertion
Overexertion in the workplace causes injury when a person works beyond his or her physical capacity and tolerances of his or her body’s soft tissues. Factors related to overexertion are age, physical condition, body flexibility, obesity, strength and tolerance.
Overexertion injuries are generally of two types:
Sprains - stretching or tearing of ligaments
Strains - stretching or tearing tendons or muscles
Overexertion is generally caused by the following activities:
Lifting, pulling, pushing and carrying heavy items (usually more than 50 pounds)
Repeated or long term bending or twisting at the waist
Long term poor posture such as sitting or standing
Long time absorbing vibration from machine or transport
Overexertion injuries such as shoulder and back injuries lead to the most days away from work after medical concerns linked to musculoskeletal disorder, multiple sclerosis (MS), and fibromyalgia.