Author: Mackenzie Huber

Overexertion: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

What Is Overexertion?

To put it simply, overexertion is the state of being physically and mentally pushed beyond one’s limits. This relates to your physical capability, age, strength, and tolerance. 


Overexertion injuries are usually caused by repetitive motion, such as prolonged typing, lifting or handling heavy objects, extreme physical labor, or working in an awkward position (poor posture while performing a task, prolonged bending at the waist, reaching above the shoulders). As a non-impact injury of excessive physical effort, it is linked to pulling, pushing, lifting, holding, carrying, turning, and throwing.

In terms of overexertion injuries, we refer to the two types of such injuries: strains and sprains. Any strain injury is the tearing or stretching of the muscle or tendons; and sprains are stretching or tearing of the ligament. It is important to understand and recognize the signs of overexertion to prevent further complications.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Overexertion?

There are signs alerting you to slow it down and take a break or rest from your current activity. Overexertion symptoms should be taken seriously to avoid more serious injuries.

1. Difficulty Speaking

If you cannot speak because you are breathing too roughly, slow down or take a break.

2. Pain

During the task you may have a form of pain such as a pinch, tightness, or a throbbing or burning sensation. At this point, stop the activity and rest.

3. Dehydration

A dry mouth, fatigue, and dizziness are all signs of dehydration, slow down and replenish with fluids.

4. Fatigue

In addition to feeling worn out, you may experience dizziness, irritability, and become irrational. This requires not only limiting yourself, but also being mindful of the amount of rest and sleep you get.

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience difficulty breathing with dizziness and chest pains or pressure. These can be signs of an impending heart attack.

Image of person experiencing back pain after lifting boxes.

Treatment of Overexertion Injuries

Immediate treatment for overexertion is to stop the task or activity and rest. Take stock of any signs and symptoms of overexertion and treat the symptom. Use ice or heat compresses for muscle and join soreness or stiffness. With muscle knots or tension, have a warm bath infused with Epsom salts for relief.

Overexertion Prevention Tips

   At Work:

  • Plan and understand the job or task before attempting it.
  • Limit the weight of any objects you are handling, especially when carrying or lifting.
  • Take frequent short breaks when performing repetitive tasks.
  • Maintain proper posture when walking, sitting, and standing.
  • Keep hydrated by drinking water throughout the day.
  • Push instead of pulling when possible.
  • Follow proper procedure when working with machines and large objects.
  • Use appropriate equipment or machinery for task.
  • Use ergonomic workstations.
  • Avoid working or exercising in extreme temperatures.

At Home:

  • Stretch before and after exercise workouts.
  • Exercise regularly, including strength training.
  • Get proper rest and sleep every night.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.

The only way to avoid overexertion is to be alert to personal limits.

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McDougal Lecture in Mathematics

Data Science Applications in the Major Leagues

Data Science lies at the intersection of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. Specifically, it is the practice of using data to try to understand and solve real-world problems. In the last decade, both advances in computing and access to exponentially more data has led this field to boom throughout the private sector. Data science is currently being used to assist decision-makers in Major League Baseball at the league and club levels. In this talk, we will discuss three applications of data science for Business Operations at the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club. 

Thursday, January 20, 2022

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Mike Dairyko

Senior Manager of Data Science 

Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

Zoom Link:

Solving Slips, Trips and Falls

Sometimes it’s impossible to control some physical hazards. Sudden snow falls, flash freezes and heavy rain or wind are the cause of many slips and falls because they alter the environment faster than we adjust to it.

One Step at a Time 

Many slips, trips and falls are caused or made worse by a person’s state of mind. When we’re rushing, frustrated, tired or complacent we tend to make errors and decisions that increase the chance of injury. (E.g., walking faster than is safe for conditions, not keeping our eye’s or minds on the task of walking, not wearing proper footwear, response to hazards). When we start rushing or are frustrated or tired, the risk of slipping or tripping increases but our comfort level with walking stays the same.

  Picture showing Icons for slips, trips, and falls. SAFESTART

Building better habits will reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls caused by the four states.

Important habits to reduce slips, trips and falls include the following:

  1. Always have one hand on the handrail when on stairs – be ready to grab handrail.
  2. Avoid carrying too much in your hands. Don’t let packages block your view.
  3. Avoid sudden pivoting/turns, rushing too fast, over-striding when walking.
  4. Be alert for trip hazards, ALWAYS stay vigilant and watch where you are going, see changes in elevation, cracks, uneven surfaces, and be aware of the surface you’re walking on.
  5. Clean up any spills immediately, post signs when housekeeping is mopping floors.
  6. Keep cords properly covered and keep papers and boxes out of walkways.
  7. Keep eyes and mind on task – walking – not reading a cell phone text, memo or written material.
  8. Look before moving – leaving a place of safety – and into vehicle traffic – is it safer to wait?
  9. Make sure file drawers are always kept closed after each use.
  10. Never stand on a chair to reach for something high – get a ladder or step stool.
  11. Slow down at corners and anticipate that other people might come into your path.
  12. Use 3-point contact on ladders and equipment and when getting out of vehicles.
  13. Walk at appropriate speeds for conditions – rain, ice, or snow.
  14. Wear appropriate footwear for your work environment – indoors or outdoors

Same Level Slips, Trips and Falls [4:08], video showing what hazards to look out for in an office setting.

Celebrate Lawrence’s 175th Anniversary!

Giveaways! Trivia contest! Cookies! A birthday recital! Join the Lawrence community in celebrating our 175th anniversary on Founders Day Weekend, January 14 &15. This is the kick-off of a year-long celebration of our 175th year.

(In order to protect the health and safety of our community, we will be offering grab-and-go and virtual events to celebrate this incredible milestone.)

Founders Weekend Events

  • Friday, January 14 from 12:30-2 p.m. We’ll be kicking off with an event in Warch Campus Center.
    • The first 50 students to arrive will win some awesome Lawrence gear. All members of the community can pick up some swag, including a calendar, stickers, and a special anniversary sweet treat, and can write a birthday card to Lawrence. This is a grab-and-go event.
  • Friday, January 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. join Lawrentians from around the world for a special virtual trivia contest. (Advance registration required.)
  • Saturday, January 15 at 8 p.m., tune in for a very special virtual 175th Birthday Recital live streamed from the Chapel featuring performances from our talented Conservatory faculty.

Watch your email and the LU Insider for more information as the anniversary approaches and be sure to visit the 175th-anniversary webpage for historical content, a look at key moments in Lawrence history, and more information about these events.

Support the United Way


You should have received your United Way materials via campus mail earlier this month, and I hope you will join me in supporting United Way!  

Did you know you can win a Subaru Crosstrek? Any donor who gives a new, undesignated gift of $26 ($1/paycheck) or a previous donor who increases their support by $1 is entered to win!

Enter United Way Fox Cities’ sweepstakes for a chance to win a 2021 Subaru Crosstrek!


Return your completed pledge form to: Stacy Mara, Wilson House Development Office, via a campus mail envelope by November 29. You may give via check, credit card or payroll deduction. Payroll deductions will begin December 10, 2021.

With thanks,

Stacy J. Mara

Associate Vice President of Development


Looking for Student Participants for a Linguistics Research Study

From now until the end of Fall Term, I am recruiting participants for a paid research study. The reading-based study will begin in Winter Term 2022. Contact Lauren Kelly at for more information. 

This study involves A Clockwork Orange, paper mills, & reading. Eligibility: 1. Monolingual English speaker, 2. No factory experience, 3. Not majoring or minoring in English, Linguistics, or a language other than English.

SharePoint Training

Learn how to use SharePoint and get your questions answered. Dana Rose-Schmalz of Technology Services is leading trainings in the next few weeks. Bring your questions.

Training Dates

*Edit* POSTPONED: November 17, 1:30 – 2:30 PM – Library 204

December 2, 10 – 11 AM – Zoom:

December 7, 2:00 – 3:00 PM – Zoom:

Digital Accessibility Best Practices Training – open to all

Do you put content online, post on social media, or send emails? Would you like your communications to be more inclusive by making them more accessible? If yes, attend one of the open sessions on digital accessibility best practices put on by the Office of Communications.

Dates and Times

Friday, November 19 at 9:30 a.m.

Monday, November 29 at 10:30 a.m.

These sessions are open to anyone who is interested. Join with this Zoom link:

What will I learn?

The first 20 minutes will be focused on digital accessibility best practices that apply to web, email, documents, and social media. Digital Accessibility information is also available here if you’d like to access it as text.

The second 20 minutes will be for editors of our new Lawrence website. We’ll be demonstrating the use of a new tool for checking the accessibility of your webpages.

If you’re interested in the first 20 minutes but are not a web editor at Lawrence, you’re free to leave the session after the first part.

One of these sessions will be recorded and made available on the Web Governance site at a later date for those interested.


If you have questions, thoughts, or expertise to add to the conversation, contact and

Blue & White Weekend

Be sure to join in the fun of Blue and White Weekend running Thursday, Oct 21 – Saturday, October 23. We can’t wait to celebrate Lawrence this weekend! Below is the full schedule of Blue and White Weekend. 

Please note that due to Covid restrictions, the weekend festivities will be open only to Lawrence campus users.  

Blue & White Weekend Schedule

Thursday, October 21, 2021
7:30- 8:30pmGrocery Bag Bingo with SOUP, Mead Witter
Friday, October 22, 2021
8:30- 10:30pmBlue and White Party- Glow Party, Somerset
Saturday, October 23, 2021
11:00am- 1:30pmBlock Party, Main Hall Green
1:00- 6:00pmFootball Game and Tailgating, Banta Bowl — Shuttle runs from the Wriston Turnaround to Banta Bowl every 10-15 minutes.
1:00pm  MSWIM & WSWIM vs Ripon College- BOLDT NATATORIUM
 7:00pmWomen’s Hockey vs University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point- APPLETON ICE CENTER
8:00- 11:00pmCarnival, Main Hall Green

See all the details of Blue and White Weekend here.