A recent post on highlighted the importance of taking care of your health as a tradie because this is something we often neglect.

Canberra carpenter Adam Potts has been a tradie for 15 years and explains how neglect of his body has taken its toll. This neglect led to neck, shoulder and elbow pain which has led him to taking time off work.

In fact research from the Australian Physiotherapy Association reveals that Australian tradies are almost twice as likely to take good care of their tools than their bodies despite having one of the highest injury rates of any occupation.

According to researchers 79 per cent of tradies reported taking good care of their tools and only 47 per cent took good care of their bodies.

Mr Potts advises tradies to avoid working 80 hour weeks, for their physical and mental health.

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