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Eye Sunburn is Real: Here’s Why it Matters

Woman Wearing Sunglasses on the Beach

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 American Academy of Ophthalmology, it’s the perfect time to discuss the effects of ultraviolet light on our eyes, how to care for them and how to protect them. Sun exposure isn’t just damaging to our skin. It’s damaging to our eyes. It can also occur any time during the year, not just in the summer. Light reflected up from the snow can be equally as detrimental as light reflected up…

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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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Shelly Harken Headshot

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

March 29, 2019

 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…

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musculoskeletal injuries

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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Coast Guard

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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Pre-Race Nutrition for Young Sailors

Pre-Race Nutrition for Young Sailors
and the Young at Heart

   What we eat and drink on race day will impact our performance! Sailing is a strenuous physical activity. Though this pre-race nutrition video is aimed at youth sailors on race day, it’s for every sailor, everyday; high school and collegiate sailing teams; weekend regatta sailors; beer can racers; kids in sailing lessons; and those day sailing with the family. Good pre-race nutrition is critical to optimal performance and…

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