"We are willing to tolerate any obstacle in order to recreate the great masterworks of music with passion, and musicality, only to be thwarted by pain and injury. Our identities are wrapped up in our playing. It is our life not merely a vocation. When an injury occurs, our devastation is such that we feel that we are not only inadequate musicians, we feel undesirable and failures as people. This book is intended for any instrumentalist and those who care for them. Our goal is to play with more ease and to prolong our careers. Unlike other athletes, a musician's career oftentimes lasts decades. In order to be successful and avoid the possibility of injury, we must understand the challenges that may occur. Professional and amateur musicians, teachers and students, classical, jazz and rock musicians and doctors and therapists need to understand the risks, the danger signals and what to do should injury strike,” says Horvath, the Minnesota Orchestra’s Associate Principal Cellist for more than three decades.