Posts Tagged ‘Health Promotion’

Health Education in the Arts Survey

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Researcher, Lisa Brachfeld, from the MSc Performing Arts Medicine programme at University College London, invites musicians, dancers, actors, and singers who are professionals or students/teachers at accredited conservatoires to participate in a new study of health education in the performing arts. The aim is to prove that performers could benefit from more health and injury prevention education. Learning about attitudes towards this subject will help to improve the effectiveness of education curriculums.

Take the survey here

Healthy Performance – Training and Health Care for Successful Acting Careers

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

We’ve contributed an article to Drama UK, the standards and advocacy organisation for drama schools in the UK. You can read the article here: Healthy Performance – Training and Health Care for Successful Acting Careers

Let us know what you think – do you agree ‘occupational health’ should be a core component of actors’ (and all performers’) training?

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.

Event Report: Student Advocate Scheme Conference and Training Day 2013

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

On 19th June, 2013, we held the inaugural BAPAM Student Advocate Scheme Conference and Training Day with 24 delegates from the University of Leeds, Birmingham Conservatoire, Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, London Studio Centre and Dance UK).

With further input from the BAPAM team and a number of expert clinicians, the variety of interests and experience in the room ensured a stimulating and productive day. There was a lot of ground to cover in a short time. A career as a professional performing artist can be mentally and physically demanding. The Student Advocate Scheme is an adaptable, highly effective way to engage performance students, department staff and education institutions in the promotion of healthy practice as a core component of performing arts education, and of coordinating information provision and local networks.

During the conference and training day, we looked at how the scheme has worked so far at the University of Leeds, some background in performers’ health, adapting the scheme to work at different institutions, key roles, BAPAM’s service provision, and strategies for the future.

Student Advocate Scheme Manager, Naomi Norton’s detailed report follows:

BAPAM Student Advocate Scheme Conference and Training Day 2013 Report 

 

 

 

 

Event Report – British Psychological Society Annual Conference

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Naomi Norton, BAPAM Student Advocate Scheme Manager and postgraduate RNCM student, attended the British Psychological Society Annual Conference to give presentations on health promotion and student health in universities. Further information can be read here:

Investigating the Health of Musicians Studying at University

Instrumental and Vocal Teachers as Health Promotion Advocates

BAPAM Student Advocate Scheme Poster

You can also contact Naomi directly for further information: naomi.norton@bapam.org.uk

BAPAM was pleased to support Naomi’s attendance at the conference through our Research and Education Bursary Fund.

British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Harrogate International Centre

9th – 11th April 2013

The British Psychological Society (BPS) Annual Conference was held at the Harrogate International Centre this year, just up the road from my home town of Leeds. Having attended the conference as a poster presenter last year I plucked up the courage to enter myself again this year and was rewarded with both a poster presentation and an oral presentation; more on that later. One of the most interesting aspects of the BPS conference is the diversity of topics and delegates; this year was no exception with presentations either in the general category or relating to the three key conference themes:

The typical and atypical mind across the lifespan

Education, ethics and professional practice dilemmas in psychology

The nature and diversity of social cohesion and attachment

Peter Banister, the BPS President for 2012-13, welcomed delegates from the UK and beyond and extended the appropriate thanks to all involved in organising and supporting the conference. He also introduced the delegates to some of Harrogate and the North Riding of Yorkshire’s history, including the shocking (but not proven) news that Yorkshire Pudding may not actually have originated in Yorkshire! The conference boasted 5 high profile keynote presentations, hundreds of delegates, oral and poster presentations, workshops, and symposiums, a student members’ stream, awards ceremonies, film screening and discussion opportunities, networking (always a favourite), exhibitions and social events around Harrogate.

Professor Peter Fonagy kick-started the conference with an insight into modern psychoanalysis and psychodynamic theory and the impact that research can have on practice through initiatives such as the Children and Young People’s project. In addition to introducing this project he also outlined some fascinating research regarding pedagogy and teacher effectiveness; the key ingredients for effectiveness that he highlighted (awareness of learning intentions, knowing when a student is successful, understanding the students’ understanding, knowing enough about lesson content, and retaining passion that reflects the thrills and frustration of learning) are something that teachers of all varieties could learn from. The other keynote presentations comprised a useful update on working memory and the effect it can have on children’s learning (Professor Susan Gathercole), an amusing insight into our social groups from Professor Robin Dunbar entitled ‘Why Facebook won’t get you any more friends’, a revisit of some of the classic psychological studies that we thought we all knew about (Professor Alex Haslam) and an exploration of research and learning ethics from Dr Karen Kitchener.

The sports and exercise psychologists were once again well represented and I duly trotted along to most of their presentations to fly the musical flag and explore whether there really are similarities between performing artists and athletes. The most enjoyable exercise related session was led by Dr Dance (aka Dr Peter Lovatt) who runs the Dance Psychology Lab at the University of Hertfordshire. Dr Dance introduced us to some of the research that takes place at the lab including how dance helps you solve problems, how to dance to attract a mate and how physical symmetry affects our dancing. This presentation included live demonstrations and a lot of audience involvement… a great example of how to engage your audience and the perfect way to round off the day and get us in the mood for the evenings’ entertainment! However the presentation that got me nodding along the most and marveling at the parallels between musicians and dancers was Jessica Brainch’s (Cardiff Metropolitan University) presentation entitled ‘Stressors, Appraisals and Coping during Injury Onset: A Qualitative Study’. Having already had an interesting chat with Jessica regarding my poster presentation and the similarities between musicians and athletes it was great to hear about her research and gather some ideas from the sporting world for how we could understand and support injured musicians and reduce the impact of performance-related problems on lifestyle and wellbeing.

My poster outlining research that supports the BAPAM Student Advocate Scheme was well received and sparked interest in musicians’ performance-related difficulties and how the musical world is working to prevent and manage them. My oral presentation that followed immediately after the poster session (imagine me running from one end of conference venue to the other) was entitled Instrumental and Vocal Teachers as Health Promotion Advocates. I had been grouped with three other presentations relating to health and wellbeing which resulted in an open-minded and receptive audience; much appreciated for my first major conference presentation. Despite shivering under the air conditioning (on the plus side it disguised the nervous shakes; refer to BAPAM performance anxiety specialist!) I greatly enjoyed the presenting experience and look forward being able to disseminate my research findings at future conferences. It was gratifying and encouraging to be approached by a number of sports and exercise psychologists following my poster and oral presentation; to many psychologists at this conference, music psychology (in particular research regarding musicians’ health and wellbeing) seems to be relatively unheard of. However the interest and understanding that was shown bodes well for the future.

Research and Education Bursary Fund

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Research and Education Bursary Fund. The fund has been created to promote our research networks and knowledge base through support to clinicians and practitioners attending research conferences relevant to research and practice in Performing Arts Medicine.

Clinicians and practitioners listed on BAPAM’s Directory, as well as students involved with our healthcare programmes (e.g. Performing Arts Medicine MSc) are welcome to bid to the fund for a contribution towards their expenses (registration, travel, accommodation).

Our first bursary recipients are Jennie Morton, who will attend the Performing Arts Medicine Association meeting in Toronto to present on Healthy Practice for Musicians, and Naomi Norton, presenting on the Student Advocate Scheme and her Master’s research project Instrumental and Vocal Teachers as Health Promotion Advocates at the British Psychological Society conference in Harrogate in April. Look out for reports from both of those events in the near future.

Payments are made retrospectively and must be supported by:

  1. An expenses claim form and valid receipt for the agreed amount.
  2. A brief written report for this News blog or our Journal (planned for 2013) with content specifically relating to a scientific finding and/or best practice recommendation arising from the conference or a copy of an abstract or speech if making a presentation.
  3. Details of Performing Arts Medicine contacts and institutions for our database and Research Links Web page.

We would also expect you to promote BAPAM and take a range of BAPAM materials for distribution to colleagues and delegates.

There is no formal application process – just contact Deborah Charnock, BAPAM Interim CEO, at deborah@bapam.org.uk.