Posts Tagged ‘Publications’

Patrice Berque wins Movement Research Award

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Physiotherapist and former professional horn player, Patrice Berque, has been awarded the Susanne Klein-Vogelbach Special Award 2011 for his paper, A combination of constraint-induced therapy and motor control retraining and motor control retraining in the treatment of focal hand dystonia in musicians (Medical Problems of Performing Artists, vol.25:149-161).

The prize is awarded to researchers in neuroscience, orthopaedics, and anatomy whose work is oriented to a better understanding of the underlying principles of human movement and its rehabilitation, with the Special Award being granted to excellent papers from the field of physiotherapy. Movement in this context is not restricted to locomotion, rather it covers all kinds of muscular-induced human movement including mime and music. This is only the third time the Special Award has been given (it was previously won in 2004 and 2010).

Medical practitioners involved in research may be interested in applying for the award in future years. There are 2 prizes: the Main Award, endowed with (Swiss Francs) CHF 10,000 and the Special Award, endowed with CHF 2,000. The submission deadline for this year’s prize is 30 September 2012. Click here for more detailed information (Word doc).

Playing(Less)Hurt: Free Seminar

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Want free advice on injury prevention and hearing protection from a world class musician?

Janet Horvath, the associate principal cello of the Minnesota Orchestra, author of  the book, Playing (Less) Hurt -An Injury Prevention Guide for Musicians, and long time member of the Performing Arts Medical Association, contacted BAPAM to tell us about her imminent Playing(Less)Hurt seminar.

The Minnesota Orchestra is performing at the Proms and while in London, Janet will be giving one of her seminars on injury prevention and hearing protection.

The workshop will take place at  the Westminster Reference Library of the Performing Arts on Friday August 27th, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, 35 St Martins St. London WC2H 7HP (Leicester Square Tube).
The seminar is pertinent to all instrumentalists in any genre and at any level, and the teachers and health professionals who work with them.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information please see Janet Horvath’s website.

Ten Top Health Tips for Musicians

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Want to know how to help keep yourself healthy whether studying, rehearsing for a gig, or performing?

These tips are taken from the BAPAM factsheet, Don’t cramp your style – Warm-up exercises for performers, also available as an A2 poster or pocket-sized concertina version. To order printed versions have a look at our Health Resources page, where you’ll also find a lot more useful information for all performing artists. All our factsheets are produced with financial support from Help Musicians UK, the Musicians’ Union and Equity.

Ten Top Health Tips for Musicians:

1. Don’t suddenly increase the time you spend rehearsing or studying (maximum 10-minute increase per day). You should increase by ten minutes each day for three days and keep at this level for the rest of the week.

2. Leave more difficult passages and pieces for towards the middle of your practice session, when your muscles are ready and not yet tired out. Increase the speed, difficulty and intensity of the pieces you are playing as you progress though the session.

3. Don’t become obsessed with repeating a passage or gesture that you can’t quite get right. Look for alternatives.

4. Take a five-minute break every half-hour.

5. If your muscles feel overloaded, do some stretching.

6. Do as much as you can to optimise your working environment: think about lighting, noise levels, temperature. Make sure your daily routine – eating, sleeping, exercise – works for you.

7. Don’t play at the time of day when you’re most tired.

8. NEVER play if you are experiencing pain. If you feel any pain, stop playing and do some gentle stretching. If such pain does not go away or if it reappears in subsequent sessions, see a specialist in Performing Arts Medicine.

9. Do exercises to stretch your muscles before playing and whenever you feel like or need it.

10. Make sure you find time for warming up and stretching. You know you will enjoy it and it will make you feel great!

Performing Arts Medicine and Focal Hand Dystonia: Articles by Katherine Butler

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Katherine Butler is a Clinical Specialist in Hand Therapy and a trained musician. She has worked with many performing artists with upper limb problems.

Articles authored or co-authored by Katherine Butler can be found on the publications page of her practice website and include, Injury Prevention for Musicians and Focal Hand Dystonia Affecting Musicians (an area in which she is currently performing doctoral research with Dr Karin Rosenkranz).

Alcohol and the Performing Arts

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Here’s a link to the December 2009 issue of Alcoholis – The Bulletin of the Medical Council on Alcohol, which contains an article by Dr Jenny Lisle, ‘Alcohol and the Performing Arts’, focussing mainly on alcohol use among orchestral musicians.

Alcoholis December 2009 Issue (PDF)

The Medical Council on Alcohol is a small national charity committed to improving the medical understanding of alcohol-related problems.

The Biology of Musical Performance

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Written by Alan Watson, who teaches the course on music biology at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (see below), The Biology of Musical Performance and Performance-Related Injury is now available, published by The Scarecrow Press.

Alan is Senior Lecturer in Anatomy and Neuroscience in the School of Bioscience at Cardiff University. He is a regular speaker at BAPAM training events.

The Biology of Musical Performance and Performance-Related Injury

The Biology of Musical Performance and Performance-Related Injury

New posters, cards and leaflets from BAPAM

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

We now have a set of 12 A5 posters available free of charge to anyone who can display them for us. You can preview them on our publications page and order copies of the posters online. You can also order mutliple copies of our credit-card-sized reminder cards, leaflets and the 2006 Annual Review.