Alpine physical therapists Leah Versteegen and Jess Kehoe got first hand experience of the physical challenges facing Forest Service ax and saw loggers. Their work with two such experts is chronicled in Friday’s Missoulian and is titled: Tactical Athletes: Forest Service Adds PT to Logging Training. Click here for the entire article.
Special thanks to Leah for providing additional information below.
Hiking into the hills west of Stevensville, Montana we could hear the hum of a chainsaw well from the valley below. On a beautiful Tuesday afternoon, Jess Kehoe and I, two PTs from Alpine, donned our hard hats and joined some of the top sawyers in Western Montana for an educational session on the art of sawing, limbing, and bucking trees.
Our purpose for the afternoon was to evaluate the mechanics, physical and mental demands of the profession. It was truly impressive to witness in person the efficiency with which these sawyers can quickly and swiftly take down and disassemble a tree.
As tactical athletes, the season for a sawyer in Western Montana consists of long hard days bringing down weakened trees that have been damaged by fire, clearing trails, and removing hazards. They work their bodies hard, typically with a lot of repetitive motion for days on end.
We, as physical therapists, typically do not get to see these workers until after an injury has sidelined them or at the end of their season when they finally have time to address their nagging aches and pains. Part of our mission at Alpine PT is to educate and promote wellness in our community.
This day in woods with the Regional and National Directors of the Saw program was the first step in Alpine’s collaboration with the Saw Program to rewrite their training manual to include the missing elements of wellness education and injury prevention.
Jess and I learned the art of using an axe and cross cut saw and observed some of the best sawyers in the region handling their chainsaws to efficiently bring down fire-damaged trees. We will now take this experience to help us work with the Saw Program Directors to develop a new training manual with important sections that were previously not included.
Specifically, we will add education on the biomechanics of an efficient sawyer, training guidelines to prepare for the job and minimize risk of overuse injuries, recovery strategies during the long days, and helping understand the human factors of the job, such as how stress can affect performance and ultimately improve safety. Hopefully with better preparation we don’t have to see these guys and gals in our office quite as often.
Brent Dodge is the founding owner of Alpine Physical Therapy and is a board certified orthopedic specialist. He holds additional certifications in Functional Dry Needling, Manual Physical Therapy, and Strength and Conditioning.
All Alpine Physical Therapy Alpine Soccer Team Alpine Softball Alzheimer's Disease American Cancer Society Ana Soulia Angela Listug Vap Angela Listug-Vap Ankle Sprains Antara Quinones Aquatics Audrey Elias Back Pain Balance Biking Boston Marathon Brace Hayden Brent Dodge Cancer CDC Certified Chiropractic Climbing Concussion CoreAlign Core Studio Crossfit Dance Medicine Dennis McCrea Diabetes Diane Cummins Diva Day Dr. Liz Walker Eating Emily Jones Ergonomics Events Excercises Fall Prevention Fall Prevention Awareness Day Fishing Fitness Fit To Fight Foot Pain Functional Dry Needling Gary Gales Golf Good Food Store Headaches Health Her Health Hiking Hip Pain Jamie Terry Jeannette Kittredge Jessica Kehoe Jonathan Hoffman's Foundation Training Josie Sweeney Kayla Johnson Kerri Houck Knee Pain Kristi Moore Leah Versteegen Lindsy Campbell Linsey Olson Low Back Pain LYMPHEDEMA Mary Mischke Matt Schweitzer MISA Missoula Marathon Missoula's Choice Moms Montana Geriatric Society Morgan York Singer Morgan York-Singer MT Alpha Cycling National Cancer Institute National Falls Awareness Neck Pain Oncology Rehab Program Pain Pamela Pack Peak Health & Wellness Center Peak Triathlon Pelvic Pain Physical Therapy Physical Therapy (Journal) Pilates Primal Practice Relay For Life Resources Roger Sperry Ron Clijsen Ron Veilleux Runner's Edge Running Samantha Glaes Sam Schmidt Sarah McMillan Shoulder Pain Sitting Skiing Skye Folsom Soccer Spine Magazine Spine Rehab Sports STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents Tai Chi Tamarack Brewing Company Tara Mund The Runner's Clinic Tips Travis Dye Ultrasound Imaging University Of Montana Urinary Incontinence Walking Wellness Wellness Program Westside Dance Physical Therapy Who Is Perfect? Women's Health
Connect with us
Get to know us better. Our social media platforms are a great way to learn about our staff, upcoming events, newest technology, patient stories, and more.
who we are
Leading innovation in health and wellness for our community, delivering compassionate care, and inspiring through education.
Know what’s new. Plus, get a free consultation!
Copyright © 2018 Alpine Physical Therapy • All Rights Reserved
Site by Aesir Consulting
Site by Aesir Consulting