96 – Playing Related Injuries and Prevention

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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! 

Discussion Topics:

  • The Musician as a Small-Muscle Athlete
  • Hack Studied the Top 5 Most Common Musculoskeletal Injuries:
  • 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

Mentioned:

  • Playing Less Hurt by Janet Horvath

This episode is not a substitute for medical advice! If you are in pain, please consult your physician! 



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