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Preventing Overuse Injuries in Instrumentalists

There are basically two types of injuries: acute and overuse. Acute injuries are usually the result of a single, traumatic event. Overuse injuries, on the other hand, occur to tendons, muscles, joints, and other tissues as a result of repetitive activity that creates small amounts of trauma over time. Common examples include carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist tenosynovitis, and muscle/fascia pain syndrome. Instrumentalists often sustain overuse injuries in the hand, wrist, and arm muscles and tendons, as well as weakness and …

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Injury Prevention: What Musicians Can Do

Submitted by Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
MTNA webinar by Christine Guptill
Streamed live on Oct 21, 2016
Since many musicians’ injuries are related to practice habits, music teachers can and should play a vital role in injury prevention from the start. This webinar offers some clinical and research-based information to help teachers and students identify risks and prevent problems before they start.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_jDNaVRdPM

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Get Involved with Athletes and the Arts – One Page Fact Sheet

We have a very compelling issue that needs attention at all levels. Your grass roots efforts in helping to promote the Athletes and the Arts (AATA) initiative can build momentum, fulfill a social need, and help an under-served population. Key target audiences include: performing artists of all types and ages, medical professionals, music/band/dance teachers, choreographers, artist reps/agents/managers, and parents.
Click for information on how to get involved.

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Providers Needed for MusiCares Medical Network

To better address the ever-growing number of music professionals without basic or adequate medical coverage, MusiCares (50lc3 non-profit organization) works closely with a dedicated group of health care professionals through the MusiCares Medical Network to provide the valuable and often life-changing services that some clients require, but simply cannot afford. The network is comprised of providers who recognize this reality and generously give their time and expertise to treat MusiCares’ referrals that are underinsured or uninsured and lack the means …

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A Finer Pointe: Visualizing the ankle’s response to ballet’s toughest task

The use of detailed orthopedic imaging to examine dancers’ ankles while in the en pointe position offers insight into the biomechanical demands associated with a position that, although highly unnatural, is nevertheless essential to a ballerina’s performance.
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Boston’s Arts Revival and Athletes and the Arts

The City of Boston’s innovative BOSTON CREATES,  a cultural plan for the city, includes a planned Artist First initiative.  “Boston’s artists of all disciplines, ages, and backgrounds are central to Artists First Initiative. This initiative will address artists’ occupational health needs, professional development, affordable artist space, fair trade, and compensation.”   Learn more

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Female Athlete Triad

The female athlete triad (Triad) refers to the interrelationships among energy availability, menstrual function, and bone mineral density, which may have clinical manifestations including eating disorders, functional hypothalamic amenorrhea, and osteoporosis. With proper nutrition, these same relationships promote robust health.  This can be an issue for both sport athletes and performing artists, especially dancers.

http://journals.lww.com/acsm-msse/Fulltext/2007/10000/The_Female_Athlete_Triad.26.aspx

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Insight Newsletter

Quarterly updated newsletters from the National Center for Drug Free Sport which include current topics around sport athlete drug and supplement use. Many of these issues are applicable to performing artists as well. The below link takes you to the website with the updated newsletters.
Visit the National Center for Drug Free Sport website
Specific articles of interest noted below:
-Pain killer and prescription drug overuse.
Insight pain killer article
-Kratom, A High Risk Supplement
-An Update on E-cigarettes
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