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Harken Video Series

Shelly Harken Headshot

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

February 27, 2019

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.…

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Getting and Staying Hydrated on Race Day

Getting and Staying Hydrated on Race Day

January 31, 2019

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)…

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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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Medical History Form Blog Post

Bring Your Medical History Form Onboard!

What would happen if you were seriously injured or keeled over out on the water and couldn’t speak for yourself? How would your mates and later your rescuers know the whole story? Our medical history, made up of our medical problems and medications, is really, really personal and no one’s business, until it has to be. Why Knowing Your Medical History Is So Important I recently came across an interesting…

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Customize Your Boat's First Aid Kit leaves the boat

Customizing Your Boat’s First Aid Kit

In many parts of the world, we’re heading into the off-season for boating. It’s that time of year when we’ve squeezed every last ounce of boating from the season, when our haul out checklists dance in our heads, and winterizing plans can be found skittering through our consciousness. We’ve had amazing summers filled with day sailing, racing, cruising, fishing and dock parties. We’ve gathered enough stories to regale our mates…

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