Preventing Overuse Injuries in Instrumentalists (AOSSM) – One Page Fact Sheet

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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Preventing Dance Injuries (AOSSM) – One Page Fact Sheet

For many people dance may not spring to mind when thinking about sports, but the physical demands placed on the bodies of dancers have been shown to make them just as susceptible as football players to injury. In particular, most professional dancers began dancing at the age of five or six, the repetitive practice of movements that require extreme flexibility, strength, and endurance make them prime candidates for overuse injuries.
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Video – Carpal Tunnel Explained

This 3D medical animation depicts carpal tunnel syndrome and carpal tunnel release. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a nerve disorder of the hand caused by compression of the median nerve. Two different types of carpal tunnel release are animated, an open carpal tunnel procedure and the endoscopic approach. Visit for FREE videos, illustrations and patient handouts for healthcare providers.

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Video Interview: Dr. Marshall Chasin

Marshall Chasin, MD, Audiologist, Musicians’ Clinics of Canada
Topics: Hearing issues in musicians

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Video – Tendonitis Explained

Tendonitis is a painful condition caused by swollen or injured tendons in the body. This animation explains the condition in detail. For more information visit the NHS website:

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Video Interview: Dr. George Shybut

George Shybut, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Wellington (Ohio) Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Topics: Athletes and the Arts, PAMA initiatives, performing arts health issues, focal dystonia

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Video – Physical Therapy for Musicians: A Master Class

David Shulman, Physical Therapist, from Baltimore, Maryland, offers a master class for music students, schools, teachers, and performing groups, including symphony orchestras. For more information, visit or call 410-296-9311.

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Video Interview: Dr. Richard Lederman

Richard Lederman, MD, PhD, (Neurology), Cleveland Clinic
Topics: PAMA history, musicians as athletes, medical approaches to treating musicians, injury prevention, focal dystonia

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