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Musicians are athletes of the small muscles, and in today’s episode I dive into the types of injuries that woodwind musicians need to watch out for and how to prevent them with Garrett Hack.
This episode is not a substitute for medical advice! If you are in pain, please consult your physician!
- The Musician as a Small-Muscle Athlete
- Hack Studied the Top 5 Most Common Musculoskeletal Injuries:
- Focal Dystonia (a task-specific neurological disorder)
- De Quervain’s Tendonitis
- Can doubling lessen the chances for developing performance-related injuries?
- “No Pain No Gain”
- Thumb-Related Injuries in Clarinetists: De Quervain’s Tendonitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome accounts for 48% of all workplace musculoskeletal injuries (International Skeletal Society, 1997)
- Injury rates are higher among women than men
- Rest, stretching, icing, heating, and massage can reduce your risk for injury
- When should you seek medical advice from a physical therapist, chiropractor, or an occupational therapist?
- Adjusting woodwind instruments to help prevent injuries:
- Things to bring to a gig to make your playing experience more comfortable:
- 5 Steps for Reducing Your Risk
- Warm Up (including stretching and exercise)
- Take breaks! Rest!
- Pay attention to your posture
- Know the difference between pain and fatigue
- Know how to play your instrument well
- Playing Less Hurt by Janet Horvath