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Heat Related Emergencies: What They Are and How to Treat Them

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The temperature is heating up outside, which makes this a great time for us to discuss heat related emergencies. Out on the water we have the sun beating down from above and the sun’s rays reflecting back up at us from the water. The danger is more than sunburn. It’s the overheating of our entire body. Those downwind runs where it feels like the fresh breeze has left us and jackets come off is when the heat is particularly noticeable. How Your Body Cools Itself Our bodies have processes in place to keep our internal temperature right around 98.6°F. The…

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Eye Sunburn is Real: Here’s Why it Matters

May 24, 2019

They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. With summer on her way and May being designated Healthy Vision Month by the National Eye Institute and supported by the…

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Sun Health: Skin Cancer and Sunburn

Sun Health: Skin Cancer and Sunburn

April 26, 2019

Two out of three light skinned people will be diagnosed with skin cancer in our lifetimes. I am one of them. It’s a pretty sobering thing to hear words like…

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Harken Video Series

April 8, 2019

I teamed up with Harken to create a series of educational videos for the Harken Blockheads youth sailing program. Though they were created for youth sailors, the information applies to everyone, the young and the young at heart.

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Simple Wound Care on the Water

Simple Wound Care on the Water

 We’ve talked about wound care in a previous post, and I’m a big fan of repetition, especially for subjects that can seem daunting. Here is a video we did for Harken Blockheads to review some of the concepts. The more we talk about things like this, the more likely they are to become muscle memory when you need them. The things I want you to take with you are:…

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Dem Bones – Musculoskeletal Injuries & How to Treat Them

What’s a musculoskeletal injury? These are injuries to our muscles and bones. They have names like sprains, strains, and fractures and happen from things like slips, trips, falls, and whacks. This video (at the bottom) and blog post go through what musculoskeletal injuries are, how to treat them, basic information on splinting, and where to go for hands on training. On the water, we can think of musculoskeletal injuries as…

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Getting and Staying Hydrated on Race Day

Getting and Staying Hydrated on Race Day

What we drink on race day will impact our performance as much as what we eat! Sailing is a strenuous physical activity. Though this video (at the bottom, be patient) is aimed at youth sailors on race day, it’s for every sailor, every day; high school and collegiate sailing teams, weekend regatta sailors, beer can racers, kids in sailing lessons, and those day sailing with the family. Why Water is…

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What the Coast Guard Wants Us to Know

In preparing seminars, medical safety audits and team trainings, I have contacted various United States Coast Guard facilities with the questions I’ve had. At the end of each conversation I’ve always asked this: What would you like boaters to know to make your job easier? Here is what they shared: Wear Your Life Jacket It seems so simple, yet how many of us are actually doing this regularly? If you…

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