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Athletes In The Arts
Need:  The problem to solve is how to improve the general well being of musicians and artists, especially young people.  This has multiple components:  nutrition, exercise, hearing health, injury, rehabilitation, injury prevention, mental health, music therapy, even health insurance.
Idea:  The novel aspect of this initiative is the interest of the sports medical profession in the issues of the physicality of the arts.  The idea is to connect the community of musicians, artists, parents, educators and …

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Top 3 Medical Issues By Performer

Top 3 medical issues by Performer (List 1,2,3)
Conductor Singer Keyboard Percussion String (bow) String (hand) Flute Woodwind Brass Wind Marching
1. Head

vocal chords

2. Hand/Wrist


3. Whole Body

hips, legs ankles
skin (sun,wind)
Vital Capacity

4. Mental Health

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Athletes In The Arts Steering Committee Meeting Summary – October 3rd, 2009

Initial focus of Initiative
1. Performing Arts (First priority)
i. Musicians
ii. Conductors
iii. Singers
iv. Music Instruments
v. Marching Band
2. Fine Arts (subsequent priority)
i. Visual Arts/Graphics
ii. Theatre Arts
Subgroups of Performing Artists to address
a. Professionals and Amateurs
b. Indigent/Needy Professionals
c. Youth/those in training
d. Teachers
e. Parents
f. Medical Professionals (provide info to Doctors about prevention and healthcare for musicians)
g. Admins/Governing agencies (NASM,MENC,music groups)
h. Managers of professional musicians
i. American Fed Musicians Union
j. Advocates (MusiCares, Grammy, etc)
American Music Therapy, Public Health Orgs, State Wide Music ommisions, National Association of …

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An Overview of Health Issues for Performing and Visual Arts Students

Download as PDF with complete list of references and resources.
Health is increasingly regarded as a serious issue in the arts community. Concerns about incurable diseases and professional related injuries have brought health issues intro new focus. General health is receiving higher levels of attention along with specific diseases and conditions. Preventive maintenance toward long-term personal well-being is a more widely understood and accepted goal. Prevention and
treatment are in a new relationship.
These conditions are a current manifestation of historic connections …

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Health Promotion in Schools of Music

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Initial Recommendations for Schools of Music
Kris S. Chesky, Ph.D.; William J. Dawson, M.D.; and Ralph Manchester, M.D., for the Health Promotion in Schools of Music Project
The primary goal of the Health Promotion in Schools of Music (HPSM) Project is to assist schools of music to prevent occupational injuries associated with learning and performing music. With this goal in mind, a national conference was hosted in the fall of 2004 to connect health care experts with individuals and organizations …

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Practice Considerations for the Musician (Sean McGowan)

View Practice Considerations for the Musician by Sean McGowan, DMA (DOC)

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Position Statement on Nutrition and Performance

Position Statement on Nutrition and Performance

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Video – Musician’s Performance Injuries – Prevention and Treatment – Dr. Mark Brodsky

In this series of videos, Dr. Mark Brodsky speaks with musicians about their performance related injuries and how best to treat / prevent them:
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Part 5:

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