Sunday
Aug012010

An Injury Prevention Guide for Musicians

How can musicians express themselves and recreate the great masterworks with ease, passion  and expressivness and yet avoid injury in the process? Musicians face many challenges: a highly competitive environment, performance anxiety, demanding repertoire, years of solitary practice, and awkward postures. The hectic pace of rehearsals and performances when added to the mix often results in the very real risk of physical pain and injury.

“Playing (Less) Hurt” is a readable and comprehensive guide and reference for all concerned with avoiding pain in musical work: professional and amateur musicians, teachers and students and doctors and therapists. This book is essential for all musicians. String, keyboard, percussion, harp, brass and wind players will play better and feel better. This information is pertinent for musicians of any genre.
Sunday
Aug012010

Subjects included in the book

• WHY IT MAY HURT TO PLAY 
• INJURY SUSCEPTIBILITY QUIZ 
• RISK FACTORS AND DANGER SIGNALS
• HEARING PROTECTION
• BACK, DISC, ARM AND SHOULDER PROBLEMS
10 ONSTAGE TRICKS 
• TMJ, TEETH, LARYNX AND JOINT LAXITY 
• STRETCHING AND STRENGTHENING 
• REHABILITATION AND WORK HARDENING 
• MUSICIAN’S SURVIVAL KIT 
10 DO’S AND 10 DON’TS 
• TOO MUCH, TOO SOON
• TEACHER'S GUIDLINES
• INSTRUMENT MODIFICATIONS   
• GUIDE TO SAFE PRACTICING
• RESOURCES
Sunday
Aug012010

Janet Horvath

Janet Horvath, associate principal cello of the Minnesota Orchestra for more than three decades, is a soloist, chamber musician, writer and advocate of injury prevention. A trail-blazer in speaking and writing openly about the physical stresses experienced by musicians, Horvath has contributed importantly to improvements in working conditions and in awareness for musicians' work-related ailments and their prevention.

“Playing (less) Hurt” is the culmination of 25 years of lecturing and teaching in the field of Performing Arts Medicine.

(For a more detailed bio, click here.)