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Unhook your Crook

Dynamic Stretching Relieve pain in your neck, shoulders, and back with this easy post-fishing stretch Work Task: Putting the boat on the hook The work isn’t over when you get to the wharf. You may be done tugging and pulling on traps, nets, or cages, but you’ve still got to get the boat on the […]

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Arthritis and Fishing

Reposted from Commercial Fisheries News, November 2022 by Brie Weisman, OTR/L with Maine AgrAbility It’s early morning. A cold, damp feel is in the air. You’re dressed for the elements, but a day of work awaits, maybe you’re hauling lobster traps, oyster bags, or line catching tuna. You already notice the soreness in your hands, […]

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Try This to Unwind

Dynamic Stretching Relieve pain in your neck, shoulders, and back with this easy post-fishing stretch Work Task:   Keep Your Head on a Swivel On a fishing vessel, when you’re behind the wheel, your attention is constantly divided between what’s going on in front of you and what’s happening behind you. Constantly turning around while […]

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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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Reducing Slips, Trips and Falls in the Logging Industry, Part 1

Re-printed from The Loggers Voice Summer 2022 (Part 1 of 2)  by Brie Weisman, OTR/L with Maine LogAbility Improvements in logging technology are making the industry safer and more efficient. One surprising consequence of the shift from muscle to machine is the increased risk of slips, trips, and falls (STFs) in certain situations.  Increasingly, mechanized […]

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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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AgrAbility News for May 2022

Maine News The Boots-2-Bushels class visited King Hill Farm in Penobscot ME on May 2 to learn  about harvest and storage methods. The farm co-owner, and military veteran, Paul Schultz gave an excellent overview of their diversified and organic farm operations. These farms tours are also open to new Maine farmers participating in the Maine […]

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