Playing (Less) Hurt


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Janet Horvath won the gold medal in the Independant Publisher (I.P.P.Y.) Awards 2009! 
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Find Janet at the Minnesota Orchestra! Visit the Minnesota Orchestra website for more information.
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Let’s talk about something scary, something musicians are even more reticent to talk about than overuse injury. Hearing loss is on the rise and is a danger to all of us. Read Janet Horvath's white paper on hearing loss for more information.
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Janet Horvath now has a regular column on Interlude HK a classical music online magazine. Her articles range from health issues relevant to professional and student musicians as well as humorous behind-the-scenes- stories about life as a musician. These articles are of interest to all musicians, giving excellent advice on strategies to deal with existing injuries as well as how to avoid injury, and gives an insiders view of all things music!

www.interlude.hk
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Janet Horvath's article on "Posture Pointers" appears in a 2006 issue of Strings Magazine. This article is an excellent overview of the all-important issue of posture and how it relates to tension and injury. Ms. Horvath discusses "Risky Postures," "Tension" and its relationship to posture, "Natural" postures, as well as other points related to appropriate posture for performing musicians.
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When you hear the words "Mahler's Fifth," you probably think "great music." Janet Horvath wants you to think "phenomenal athleticism." Horvath, associate principal cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra and a pioneer in performing arts medicine, has been on a mission to get musicians, instructors and management to realize that playing any instrument is physically demanding. (Interview by Chrys Wu)

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"If you're an orchestral musician you could be at serious risk of long-term hearing damage. Janet Horvath looks at some simple and effective solutions."The Strad (December 2004)

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Tuesday
May042010

“This is a practical, usable guide with a wide range of hints,” Janet Horvath explains.

“Teachers will learn how to select an instrument appropriately sized for their students and to learn injury prevention techniques. Performers can take the injury susceptibility quiz to determine their vulnerability. Ms Horvath's book provides a wide compendium of information covering proper posture, ergonomics, good practise habits, warmups, instrument modifications and rehabilitation strategies. Ninety stretches and onstage tricks are drawn in caricature form, whimsically done and approachable for the youngest musician. These very helpful tips for tension reduction and for injury prevention can even be done onstage while performing. There are photos of the latest in instrument modifications, chairs, props and splints.”