Injury Risk and Prevention

Lightning Safety

The below PDF provides a Lightning Safety policy developed by one of the AATA collaborating organizations, The National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
Lightning is the most dangerous and frequent encountered thunderstorm hazard that people experience every year. Over the past century, it has consistently been in the top 2 causes of storm-related deaths in the United States. During the most recent decade, lightning was responsible for an average of 42 fatalities yearly in the United States and an estimated 10 times …

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Athletes and the Arts: What’s the Issue? – One Page Fact Sheet

There is limited peer-review epidemiology research on performing arts injuries. However, from what exists and many anecdotal reports, it is obvious there is a need for awareness and appropriate medical support for prevention efforts.
Download the What’s the Issue? Fact Sheet

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A Mindfulness Approach to Warm-up for Musicians

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way on purpose, in a particular way on purpose, in the present moment and being non-judgmental. Mindfulness includes being aware, curious, observant, being open to the experience and accepting. Thus mindfulness has to do with memory retention which is vitally important to those who worry about forgetting.
Click to download: Mindfulness Warm-Up for Musicians

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Rehab and the Rockettes: Injury Prevention in the Performing Arts Setting

From the NATA News magazine:
"Rehab and the Rockettes: Injury Prevention in the Performing Arts Setting"
as posted November 11, 2014

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Health and Wellness a part of Texas K-12 Music Teachers Competency Exam

Melissa Hatheway, B.M.E. July 2014

In many states across the country, marching band can serve as a substitute for traditional physical education courses. These ensemble-based classes are taught by band directors, who are certified to teach K-12 Music. However, these teachers are not certified in physical education, despite being in charge of a class that provides students with P.E. credit. This disparity can also be seen within the K-12 Music teacher certification tests, which do not provide the public …

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Performance Artists As Athletes

Sports scientists could help musicians and other artists endure the stresses of their craft.
(Inside Science) — They endure long hours of oft strenuous practice. The way to get better is to practice more, even when injured. For hours at a time, their hearts can beat at 65 percent of their maximum rate. Injuries are common, and there’s always someone waiting to take your spot.
Life in the arts can be tough.
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Article as featured …

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Video – Velocity Dance Convention: Injury Prevention

VDC injury prevention from Steven Karageanes on Vimeo.
Velocity Dance Convention brings another health and wellness segment to their dancers! This segment focuses on preventing injuries through proper technique and training. Listen as Velocity Pro Faculty Jennifer Hamilton and Chessa Celaya demonstrate common technique errors and demonstrate ways to keep dancing healthy and strong. Autumn Miller and Shawn O’Malley stop by to help out.

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Athletes and the Arts: Expand Your Influence

American Academy of Pediatrics: Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness
“Athletes and the Arts: Expand Your Influence”
By Randall Dick, FACSM
Performing artists are athletes. Just like sport athletes, they
-Practice or perform almost every day
-Play through pain
-Compete in challenging environments
-Experience little “off season”
-Face extreme competition
-Risk the temptation of substance abuse
-Face real risk of career-threatening injury
 
Read the full article on pages 9-11 of the Fall 2013 COSMF Newsletter from the American Academy …

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