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This past Saturday was the first day of regular firearms deer season. It is considered to be a holiday in the state of Pennsylvania as approximately, 750,000 hunters from age 12 to seniors (including myself) will hike through the woods in search of a whitetail.

I am a whitetail, turkey, small game hunter, and an avid outdoors enthusiast with great passion for mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, hiking and mountain climbing in our state and national parks. After an extended period of time away from hunting (in the off season), I am eager to be back in the woods. When possible, I try to make time to shed hunt and scout in preparation for the upcoming season. While I am active during the summer, I am not necessarily in “hunting shape” and certainly not acclimated to cold, wet and windy conditions. With this in mind, I offer health and safety tips for hunters based on the knowledge of experts in the field and my expertise as a health care provider. Good luck and be safe!

Common Health Problems for Hunters:

Preparing Your Body for Hunting


Guest Author: Paul Mackarey, Jr. PT, DPT is clinic director and partner at Mackarey & Mackarey Physical Therapy Consultants, Scranton and Clarks Summit, PA.

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Paul J. Mackarey PT, DHSc, OCS is a Doctor in Health Sciences specializing in orthopaedic and sports physical therapy. Dr. Mackarey is in private practice and is an associate professor of clinical medicine at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.