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Injury Prevention for Instrumentalists
See p. 229-291 of The Musician's Way.
“Exercise for Musicians: Flay Fit, Not Flat.” How exercise benefits musicians,
by Bronwen Ackermann, Ph.D.
“Musculoskeletal Disorders Affecting Musicians and Considerations for their Prevention.” A slide presentation by physiotherapist Patrice Berque; includes anatomical drawings and photos.
"Things Are Seldom What They Seem." Alice Brandfonbrener, M.D., advises musicians how to get help when injury symptoms arise (April, 2006).
"Return to play schedule following injury." From Musicians' Health Scotland.
"Looking at Musicians' Health through the Ages." Ralph Manchester, M.D., discusses the prevalence and incidence of playing-related injuries.
AthletesandtheArts.com. Integrating the science of sports medicine and music.
"Musician, Heal Thyself." Stories about injured musicians and their journeys back to health; from Peabody Magazine.
“What Studying Musicians Tells Us about Motor Control of the Hand,” by Alan Watson, Ph.D. (2006).
Books about injury prevention for musicians
The Musician’s Body, by Llobet and Odam (Ashgate 2007).
The Musician's Survival Manual, by Richard Norris, M.D. E-book edition (2011).
Playing (less) Hurt, by Janet Horvath (2009 edition).
Fit to Sing. A factsheet from the British Assoc. of Performing Arts Medicine.
Tips for Performers. From the Duke Voice Care Center.
Vocal health resources from the National Center for Voice and Speech.
Vocal Process. "Training and resources for healthy voice use."
Effects of Medications on Voice and Speech, from the National Center for Voice and Speech. More than 200 medications and their effects.
American Academy of Otolaryngology. Global directory to locate a voice doctor.
Voice Academy. Vocal health & advice for school teachers.
Locate an Arts Medicine Specialist
See p. 246-249 of The Musician's Way.
The Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) international directory of its members. Also see the "referral desk" link.
The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine directory of performing arts medicine practitioners in the U.K.
Musicians' Clinics of Canada, Toronto.
General Health and Wellness
See Part III of The Musician's Way.
Nutrition, exercise, and stress management. From Dr-Bob.org.
American Dietetic Association. Nutrition information, fact sheets, resources.
Tips for a Healthy Diet and Better Nutrition. From HelpGuide.org.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Health Promotion in Schools of Music. Recommendations for educators.
Ash.org. "America's first antismoking organization." Articles; tips for quitting.
Preview "The Education of the Professional Musician: Its Psychological Demands and Outcomes," by Anthony Kemp, Ph.D., a chapter in Musical Performance, 2/3, edited by Froehlich and Chesky, 93-110 (Harwood, 2000). Buy from Amazon.
Preview “Starting a Music Degree at a University,” by Stephanie Pitts, in The Music Practitioner: Research for the Music Performer, Teacher and Listener, ed. Jane Davidson, 215-224 (Ashgate, 2004).
See p. 250-269 of The Musician's Way.
“The Alexander Technique.” A synopsis by Sara Cohoe.
Alexander technique videos, by Eileen Troberman.
Alexander Technique for Musicians. Articles and links from the AT Center.
Articles for musicians by AT teacher Pedro de Alcantara.
The Sum Total Value of Non-Doing. Bill Plake on how AT liberates artistry.
Selected books about AT
Indirect Procedures, 2nd Edition, Pedro de Alcantara (Oxford, 2013).
How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live, Missy Vineyard (Da Capo, 2007).
What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body, Barbara Conable (2000).
See p. 250-269 of The Musician's Way.
“An Overview of the Feldenkrais Method.” A 4-page article by Ralph Strauch.
Ergonomics and Computer Use
Counteracting Substance Abuse
See p. 307-309 of The Musician's Way.
Guidelines for Moderate Drinking. From the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
Be Responsible about Drinking. Resources, facts, and links about alcohol use.
How to Cut Down on Drinking, from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA, 2001).
Self-assessments and informational pamphlets. From Dr-Bob.org.
PubMed. Search for articles in scientific and medical journals.
Performing Arts Medicine, 3rd edition (July 2010). "The definitive textbook."
The Biology of Musical Performance and Performance-related Injury, by Alan H. D. Watson, Ph.D. (Scarecrow Press, 2009).
For anatomical images, search Google Images.
Hearing Protection for Musicians
See p. 277-291 of The Musician's Way.
Music-induced hearing loss may affect half of all professional musicians, so hearing conservation is a topic of concern for anyone who makes music.
"Hear Today. Hear Tomorrow." A widely read article on The Musician's Way Blog.
“Hearing Loss.” Hearing conservation tips from Musicians’ Clinics of Canada.
Sound Advice. Extensive resources for musicians, colleges, schools.
Hearnet.com. Hearing education and awareness.
Dangerous Decibels. “A public health partnership for prevention of noise-induced hearing loss.”
How Hearing Works, by Tom Harris. From HowStuffWorks.com.
The American Academy of Audiologists. Locate audiologists worldwide.
"Prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss in student musicians," by Phillips, Henrich, & Mace (International Journal of Audiology 49, 2010).
The Hearing Review, March 2006 issue. Hearing issues of musicians.
Hear the Music: Hearing Loss Prevention for Musicians, by Marshall Chasin, Ph.D. (Westone, 2001). A practical 93-page booklet.
A Sound Ear II. Free ebooklet addressing “noise at work regulations and their impact on orchestras.” (Assoc. of British Orchestras, 2008)
"No fortissimo? Symphony told to keep it down," by Sarah Lyall, (The New York Times, April 20, 2008).
Music-Related Hearing Loss. Hearing conservation at UNC-Greensboro.
“Center Helps Prevent Hearing Loss Through Awareness,” by Ellen Rossetti, UNT Research 17 (2008).
Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention. Guidelines from NIOSH; broadly applicable.
Listen While You Work: Hearing Conservation for the Arts. Free ebook, (2001).
Audio Demonstrations. Simulations of hearing loss.
Tinnitus and the brain." Discover magazine, October, 2010.
“Are Your Medications Affecting Your Hearing?” A primer on ototoxicity.
American Recorder Technologies Sound Level Meter. Highly recommended general-purpose device. Under $70 (US) at GuitarCenter.com.
SPL Pro. "A professional-grade sound level meter app for your iPhone."
Sound level meters from DAS Distribution. Professional and consumer models.
The Cirrus Research DoseBadge. A professional-grade device used to measure the sound exposure levels of musicians and workers (not for consumer use).
Concise acoustical and soundproofing glossary, from American Micro Industries.
Sound-absorbing rugs from SelectRugs.com.
Acoustic shields from Wenger and Manhasset and Wilde & Spieth.
Caution: as described on p. 285 of The Musician’s Way, shields must be positioned within 7 inches [18 cm] of a musician's ears and be angled to deflect sound away from upwind players. Info about drum shields.
Musicians who work in high-volume settings should see audiologists to obtain comprehensive hearing exams and receive guidance on using hearing protection devices (see p. 288-291 of The Musician's Way).
Custom-fitted hi-fidelity plugs from Etymotic. Order from an audiologist. Useful for some but not all musicians.
A quick start guide to musicians' in-ear monitors, by Westone.
Sennheiser EW 300 G3 wireless in-ear monitoring system (manufacturer site).
Shure personal monitor systems (manufacturer site). Purchase Shure and other wireless personal monitor systems at a discount from GuitarCenter.com.