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Event Report: Performers in their Environment Training Day

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Our November 2013 event brought together actors and musicians with professionals working in performing arts healthcare, education and support and welfare, for a stimulating investigation into the work, lifestyle and health realities of the industry.

Professor of Performance Science, Aaron Williamon, discussed musicians’ hearing and the tricky issue of noise regulations for workers for whom noise is their product.

Philip Turner, Senior Stage Manager of the English National Opera, shared valuable expertise and insights into the considerations of caring for performers, crew, and audience, and in supervising the work environment, both at the ENO in London, and on touring productions. Osteopath, Jennie Morton, presented on workplace hazards, drawing from her work as a performer (dance/theatre/singing).

Former professional oboist turned pioneering Performance Coach, Karen O’Connor, was joined by a singer and a double bassist to discuss novel applications of sport psychology for managing performance anxiety and developing mental toughness.

We also heard from professional performers about the ups and downs of their careers. Jungle Drummer, Chris Polglase, talked us through his career, from leaving music school in frustration at course requirements that he learn endless indie rock parts, to turning a hobby into a sustained professional career playing 180bpm drum & bass beats, alongside turntablists and musicians from a diverse spectrum of styles. Chris talked about the pressures of extensive touring, playing 5am gigs at clubs and festivals, studio sessions, and gradually learning self confidence and how to care for yourself.

Bringing a fascinating day to a close, David Sulkin, Chief Executive of the Musicians Benevolent Fund, interviewed two actors at very different stages of their careers – covering the stresses (physical, emotional and financial) and rewards of the profession.

We’d like to thank all the speakers, performers and attendees.  All agreed that first hand discussion with performing arts professionals proved especially valuable in providing perspective for those who seek to help care for their health and welfare. Thanks also to the Musicians’ Union for so generously providing the venue.

More information about our Training Days can be found here: BAPAM Training Days.

BVA Course: Irritant Issues: Reflux, Allergy and the Voice

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

This event, organised by the British Voice Association, takes place in London on Sunday, 12th January, 2014 9.30am – 4.30pm.

A multidisciplinary study day suitable for all professionals working with the voice. Subjects to be addressed will include how reflux and allergies can affect the vocal tract and how they can be managed through medication and diet.

Speakers agreed at this time:

Dr Rehab Awad, Voice Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Mr Tomm Coles, Nutritional Therapist, Paget & Coles Ltd, London
Dr Gavin Jarvis, Lecturer in Pharmacology, Selwyn College, Cambridge
Professor Stephen O’Hickey, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Professor National Pollen and Aerobiology Unit, Worcester University.

For further information and booking click here. 

BAPAM Training Day – Performers in their Environment

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The next BAPAM Training Day, Performers in their Environment, takes place on Saturday November 16th 2013, 10:00 – 16:00, at the Musicians’ Union offices in London.

BAPAM Training Days are designed for medics, health care practitioners, and all those concerned with performers’ wellbeing.

Our events provide in-depth explorations of key areas of Performing Arts Medicine and unique insights into aspects of performers’ health and wellbeing. We present performers’ perspectives as well as the expertise of experienced medical practitioners.

The sessions are also a great opportunity to network with colleagues.

Topics to be covered include:

Noise at Work – Aaron Williamon, Professor of Performance Science, Royal College of Music

Performance AnxietyKaren O’Connor, Performance Coach

Highs and Lows of a Musician’s CareerChris Polglase

Avoiding Hazards in the WorkplaceJennie Morton

An Actor’s Life – David Sulkin talks with professional actors

Venue: Musicians’ Union, 60—62 Clapham Road, London, SW9 0JJ

£80 – Full Day
£50 – Students

To book your place or for more information please return this response form by post or email the Office and Clinics Manager, Clare Hicks, via clare@bapam.org.uk

For those of you who are GPs, BAPAM training days should qualify for CPD credits under the RCGP CPD credits scheme (please check this with them directly).

Understanding Hypermobility – a CPD day from Healthy Performers

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Osteopath and Performing Arts Medicine MSc lecturer, Jennie Morton, has organised this one-day CPD course for health practitioners & those involved in the care of performing artists.

Sunday November 3rd 2013
10.00am – 5.00pm
The Club Room
PARK CRESCENT CONFERENCE CENTRE,
229, Great Portland Street. London, W1W 5PN

Jennie and guest speaker, Professor Howard Bird (Rheumatologist, BAPAM clinician in Leeds) will cover topics including:

The spectrum of hypermobility syndromes – aetiology & medical management
Screening & practical measurement/ assessment tools
Hypermobility in performing arts & sports – advantages & disadvantages
Practical demonstrations & case studies of hypermobile subjects
Practical manual treatment techniques for the hypermobile patient

7 Hours CPD
Course Fee £120 (Students £95)

For further info or to request a booking form, please email info@healthyperformers.com

Note: this event is not organised by BAPAM

One Day Conference on Creative Arts and Mental Health

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

BAPAM psychologist, Dr Carol Chapman, and CEO, Deborah Charnock will be attending this forthcoming conference on the intersections between Creative Arts and Mental Health, organised by Mental Healthcare studies in the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, part of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry:

http://www.mental-health-studies.org.uk/index.php/events

Work in these fields currently takes place within single disciplines (such as Art Therapy, Music Therapy and Applied Theatre); the main objective of the conference is to bring these and related disciplines together to explore a variety of issues common to both subjects, including: the relationship between creativity and mental health; the arts as a means of changing perceptions and provoking discussion around mental health issues; art as therapy, recovery and resilience; the arts and the representation of mental health in the public sphere.

Event Report: Maximising Performance: Artistry, Implementation and Empowerment

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Physiotherapist and BAPAM registered practitioner, Sarah Upjohn, attended the 2013 PAMA symposium with support from BAPAM through our Research and Education Bursary Fund. Here’s Sarah’s report on the event:

Maximising Performance: Artistry, Implementation and Empowerment

Performing Arts Medicine Annual Symposium

July 20th – 23rd   2013

 Snowmass, near Aspen,

Colorado. USA

I am the physiotherapist at The Purcell School for Young Musicians, and have been on the BAPAM Directory of practitioners since October 2008.

I am also a Doctoral student at the University of Cambridge, where I am a member of their first ever cohort of Education Doctorate students.  The Education Doctorate is a five year part-time course designed for mature professionals who are seeking to address, explore, or more deeply understand a situation at their place of work.  I am now 40% of the way through and am seeking to address the incidence of preventable playing related injuries seen in elite young musicians at The Purcell School, through a health promotion and injury prevention programme, including more  ‘tailored’ physical activity.

Every year the Performing Arts Medicine Association holds an Annual Symposium in Snowmass, near Aspen, in Colorado. This year the conference information showed that a significant emphasis was being placed on topics such as

  • Maximising performance
  • Performance physiology
  • Performance Wellness Programmes
  • Athletes and the Arts

I very much wanted to attend, as it seemed so closely aligned to the topic of my EdD, but was utterly unable to afford the airfare, registration fee and accommodation costs. At the end of April I approached BAPAM and asked if they would be able to offer financial help to enable me to attend this high profile and highly relevant conference.  I am extremely grateful to BAPAM and its decision to fund my airfare from London to Aspen.

The conference was wonderful and exceeded my expectations. I arrived late on the evening of 18th July, and had allowed Friday 19th to recover from the journey.  The conference began at 8.30 on Saturday morning and was programed non-stop, with sessions and workshops for three and a half days.  I soon met two friendly faces in the shape of BAPAM colleagues Jennie Morton and Mike Shipley.

Highlights:

For two years I have been reading widely and deeply on the topic of playing related injuries in instrumental musicians as my review of the relevant literature has informed and shaped my research question. One of the most immediately wonderful aspects of the conference was that so many active researchers in Performing Arts Medicine were there, either presenting, or  contributing as delegates. I was able to listen to, meet, and network with so many people whose work I have been reading, that I had an enormous sense of ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’. Three of my particular heroes, William Dawson, Kris Chesky and Ralph Manchester were there: as authors of the ‘Health Promotion in Schools of Music Project’, the work of these men has been absolutely instrumental in the development of my role as physiotherapist at The Purcell School. It was really fabulous to put faces (and voices) to names.

The topics covered were diverse, from sessions about noise induced hearing loss to a beautiful demonstration of physiological changes that occur to heart rate during performance.   But there was a definite move towards performance wellness, and towards using established science from the field of athletics training and exercise physiology within performing arts medicine. As a physiotherapist these two aspects particularly resonate with my thinking.

On Tuesday 23rd July, the conference finished by 11.30 a.m and I wasn’t leaving for the airport until 2.30pm. So I bought a sandwich and a chair lift ticket and rode to the very top of the Elk Camp chair lift. Hugely appreciating the views, Tuesdays lunch was eaten at an altitude of 11,325 feet  (about 11,286 feet higher than lunch in Cambridge on Wednesday).

I came away brimming with ideas that I hope to implement at Purcell, such as

  • Increasing cardio-respiratory fitness levels as a means of reducing levels of performance anxiety.
  • Introducing imagery and visualisation techniques to help reduce performance anxiety and also to introduce ‘off instrument’ practise techniques.
  • Increasing aerobic  fitness capacity to reduce incidence of injury

Most importantly meeting like-minded, committed, caring professionals was inspiring, energising and affirming.  I am looking forward to the start of the 3rd year of the EdD and am ready to continue finding creative ways to address the issue of preventable injuries occurring in young musicians.

Huge thanks to BAPAM for enabling me to attend this world class event. I hope to have work of my own to present there within in the next 2 or 3 years.

Seeking Health Professionals to Work with Performing Artists

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Making Music, the UK’s number one organisation for voluntary music, have just published an article about our search for health professionals to  provide medical advice on performance related injuries or illness to performing artists.

 

Read the full article here

 

A brief summary of what BAPAM offers health professionals:

Specialist clinical experience and professional development

Performing Arts Medicine training and education

Fostering networks of like-minded and committed peers

Supporting research into this fascinating specialism through our Research and Education Bursary Fund and our wealth of experience working in the field since 1984

Membership of the BAPAM Directory of Performing Arts Medicine Practitioners and Specialists

AMABO Scheme – the Association of Medical Advisers to British Orchestras

If you’d like to find out more about working with BAPAM please contact Interim Chief Executive, Deborah Charnock, on 020 7404 5888 or via email.

Occupational Voice Symposium 2013

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

The Voice at Work – Optimization & Management

The third Occupational Voice Symposium takes place on 23rd & 24th April 2013 at University College London. National and international speakers will present on topics including:

Remote Monitoring and Tracking of Vocal Load
Ambulatory Monitoring of Voice: Past and Future
Long Term Voice Use Based on the VoxLog Database
The app – OperaVOX™

Challenges and Treatment Outcomes of Occupational Voice Disorders
EU Legislation Update and Current Challenges
Laryngeal Manual Therapy
Workshop in the Resonance Tube Method in Voice Therapy

Telehealth and Behavioural Interventions for Vocal Health
The Cleveland Clinic Approach
Self-Managing Occupational Dysphonia
How to Change Behavior
Solution Focused Approach to Voice Therapy

Etiology, Impact and Intervention in Occupational Voice Disorders
Medicolegal Evaluation of Physical Impairment Due to Occupational Dysphonia
Genetic and Environmental Effects in Dysphonia
Semi-Occlusion Exercises

Please note, this event is not organised by BAPAM

Further information and registration please visit the OVS website here: http://bit.ly/103bYZk 

The Perils of Percussion Playing | Alcohol and the Performing Arts

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

A British Association for Performing Arts Medicine Training Event: 

Saturday 18th May 2013
Main University Building, Cardiff University, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT 

 

Hand problems in musicians with an emphasis on percussionists
Practical percussion demonstration
Ergonomics
Assessment & treatment advice
Dystonia update
Alcohol and the performing arts

Click here for the full programme.

£80 – Full Day
£50 – Students

To book your place or for more information please return this registration form by post or email the Office and Clinics Manager, Clare Hicks, via clare@bapam.org.uk

BAPAM Training Days provide in-depth explorations of key areas of Performing Arts Medicine and unique insights into aspects of performers’ health and wellbeing. We present performers’ perspectives as well as the expertise of experienced medical practitioners.

Our events are also a great opportunity for all those interested in and engaged with Performing Arts Medicine to meet and network.

For those of you who are GPs, BAPAM training days should qualify for CPD credits under the RCGP CPD credits scheme (please check this with them directly).

PAMA First International Performing Arts Medicine Conference Survey

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Are YOU interested in ICPAM16, the 1st. International Conference on Performing Arts Medicine 2016?

The International Liaison Committee of PAMA are asking all Performing Arts Medicine practitioners and those involved or interested in the specialism to fill in their survey at www.pam-wiki.org. For the first time in 2016, and maybe followed in 2020 and 2024, there is the possibility of a WORLD conference outside Aspen, Colorado (USA) and this survey is your chance to contribute to its planning.

The International Liaison Committee of PAMA aims to:

Foster communication between Performing Arts Medicine communities internationally

Facilitate the process of health promotion within the performing arts community
Provide information on international PAM resources for performing artists and health professionals

Encourage international collaboration on PAM research and educational initiatives