FishAbility

Reducing Slips, Trips and Falls in the Fishing Industry (Part 1 of 2)

by Brie Weisman, OTR/L with Maine AgrAbility Fishermen are at particular risk for slips, trips, and falls (STFs). On-deck injuries account for 12% of the fatal injuries and the largest number of hospitalized non-fatal injuries in the U.S., many caused by STFs.  About a quarter of the industry’s deaths result from falls overboard. Boats in […]

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Let’s Do the Twist!

Dynamic Stretching Getting ready for a day on the boat? Movements that stretch the body can help you get on the boat tomorrow, too. Work Task:   Reeling in a Big One? While incredibly exciting, reeling in a big one can take quite a bit of work and put a lot of strain on your […]

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Fishing and Dizziness

by Brie Weisman, Occupational Therapist. Also published by Commercial Fisheries News July 2022 People might assume that commercial fishermen working on moving vessels cannot possibly be prone to dizziness; however, fishermen can suffer from dizziness just like anyone, and working at a taxing job on waves in the hot sun will only exacerbate the problem. […]

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Watch Your Moooves

The Cow Pose Whether you’re a lobsterman, groundfish fisherman, or oyster farmer – tugging and pulling on traps, nets, and cages is a big part of your day. Work Task:   Work moves like this can cause tension in your upper back, shoulders, and neck that can, over time, cause quite a bit of ache […]

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Hearing Impairment and Fishing

by Brie Weisman, Occupational Therapist. Also published by Commercial Fisheries News June 2022 Hollywood often gets things wrong, but when the Academy gave CODA the Oscar for best film, best adapted screenplay, and CODA’s Troy Kostur best-supporting actor, it got it right. Kostur played a deaf Gloucester fisherman, working on his boat alongside his deaf […]

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Fishermen are Industrial Athletes Too

by Brie Weisman, Occupational Therapist Also published by Commercial Fisheries News May 2022 “Industrial Athlete”, a relatively recent term, refers to workers in physically demanding jobs outside of sports. Being on your feet all day, doing physically demanding work while being exposed to weather, and keeping your balance on a boat requires prowess, strength, and […]

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This is awkward…

Fishermen and aquaculture harvesters spend a lot of time bending, pulling, tugging, and straining, and those movements should be balanced with opportunities for recovery. Taking even just a few minutes to focus on your breathing or stretch your back can help alleviate discomfort and even fend off injury. Work Task: That moment when you are […]

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Fishing with a Spinal Cord Injury

by Corey Young, OTS, UNE and Maine FishAbility Also published by Commercial Fisheries News April 2022 According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, approximately 17,700 spinal cord injuries (SCIs) occur each year in the United States, with men accounting for about 78% of cases. The highest risk of obtaining a SCI is while […]

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Who’s Got Your Back? Part II

Bending and Mending Whether you are building a trap, mending a net, or heaving an oyster cage, you may find yourself hunched over or in an awkward position in order to complete a task. It’s important to be mindful of how you are working, but it’s also good to consider taking time to stretch and […]

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