Posts Tagged ‘viola’

Researching String Players’ Back Problems

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Kári Árnason is a physiotherapist who is currently studying for a Masters in Performing Arts Medicine at University College London. He is conducting a research project investigating the role of a certain muscle (lower trapezius), located between the shoulder blades, that is understood may play a role in neck, shoulder and upper back pain in viola, violin and cello players.

Kári hopes that this study will help to establish stronger rehabilitation methods and prevention measures for neck, shoulder and upper back injuries, which are very common in viola, violin and cello players. He is looking for adult viola, violin and cello players (professional musicians and music students), both with and without a history of neck, shoulder or upper back pain to participate.

If you would like to take part or find out more, please contact Kári directly at kariarna@gmail.com.

Participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire, especially designed to collect information about health-related problems in musicians and to undergo a clinical examination of the neck and shoulder which will utilise non-invasive, risk-free electromyography (EMG) measurements. This will take place in London.

This study has been approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee

BAPAM Training Day November 2015 – Upper Strings

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Our next Training Day will be held in London on Saturday 21st November. The theme of the day is Upper Strings.

Our Performing Arts Medicine Training Days are ideal for healthcare professionals and others engaged in performing arts welfare who want to develop their skills in this fascinating specialism.

We present perspectives from people working in the performing arts as well as the expertise of experienced medical practitioners. This is a great opportunity to make connections and share unique insights.

We’ll be joined by professional and student musicians to demonstrate some of the issues raised in presentations including:   

Physical issues & assessment in upper string players
Dr David Fielding
GP with special interest in Musculoskeletal issues, and former BAPAM clinician.

Playing, performing, teaching
Dr Ursula Benz
Performer; Visiting Professor in Violin at Birmingham Conservatoire; Medical Doctor at Ludwig-Maximillians-Universtät Medical Faculty, Munich

Anatomy in relation to upper strings
Dr Alan Watson
Reader in Anatomy, Cardiff University

Research summary: how performance problems develop and how the Alexander Technique can help overcome them
Dr Alison Loram
Alexander Technique Teacher, BAPAM registered practitioner and violinist

Lunch is included in the ticket price.

The Event takes place at Resource for London, 365 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA

Advance booking is essential – Buy tickets here

Cancellations prior to 7 November  will be fully refunded.

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Havas New Approach – International Summer Academy for Strings in Oxford

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Kató Havas is a violinist and violin and viola teacher who developed the “New Approach to violin playing”, a method of releasing physical and mental tension, which could help prevent physical injuries and anxiety related to playing the violin or viola. A frequent presenter at European String Teachers’ Associaton events, Kató’s teachings are now continued by her assistant, concert violinist, Caroline Duffner.

The summer New Approach workshop to string playing is held in the beautiful setting of St Edmund’s Hall of the University of Oxford.

This year’s Summer Academy features a presentation by Candy Connolly, introducing South Indian violin playing with the New Approach.

This workshop is suitable for students and amateurs as well as performers and teachers.

Full details including booking information can be found here: carolineduffner.com/oxford-violin-workshop-2014

Please note that this event is not organised by BAPAM and we receive no revenue from it.

 

Musicians Health Research: Shoulder Blade Movements in Violinists and Violists

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Be part of a new study examining shoulder blade movements in musicians. 

Dr Dickson Fung, MSc student in Performing Arts Medicine at University College London and postgraduate violin student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, is interested in comparing the shoulder blade movements of violinists and violists with those who do not play the instrument.

In this study, Dickson will be comparing shoulder blade movements in violinists and violists with other musicians, as well as non musicians – therefore it is most likely you can help!

Alternation in shoulder blade movement patterns (scapula dyskinesis) is thought to have a major impact in the biomechanics of the arm, which can lead to injury. This is thought to be common in violinists and violists, however there is no substantial research currently in this area.

Participants will be asked to fill in a short questionnaire, as well as to participate in a short observation of their shoulder blade movements by a health professional. This should take no more than 30-40 minutes.

If you are interested in taking part or want to know more, please contact:

Dr Dickson Fung, MSc in Performing Arts Medicine Candidate, UCL

e-mail: dickson.fung.12@ucl.ac.uk

The study will take part durng various dates in late February, March and in April.

This study is conducted as part of a MSc Dissertation at University College London, and approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee: Project ID: 5129/001. Participation is voluntary and you can leave the research at any time. If you agree to participate in the study, you will be given a detailed information sheet and a consent form.

Violinists and Viola Players Research

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Violinists and viola players – would you like to find out more about how to optimise your playing?

Photo: Mel B.

Postgraduate student and violinist, Dr Alison Loram, is looking for student, professional and amateur violinists and viola players for her study.

The study, in collaboration with University College London and Manchester Metropolitan University, aims to understand more about the neuromuscular aspects of playing the violin/viola, and the effects that these may have upon musculoskeletal and other playing-related problems.

Alison believes that violinists and viola players taking part will benefit from the insights gained: “You will have the opportunity to see how your neck and shoulder muscles are involved in holding and playing your instrument, the bodily movements you make, and how these may be optimised to enhance your playing and reduce/prevent muscular tension”.

The study is open to any student, professional or experienced amateur (regardless of whether or not you have playing-related problems), and will involve attending one individual 2-hour session during May, July/August or September.  The confidential session (to be held at Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester City Centre near to the Royal Northern College of Music), will involve standing and playing your instrument for very short periods whilst your muscular activity and movements are recorded and analysed using ultrasound scanning and movement analysis equipment.  No preparation is required.

Participation is voluntary and you can leave the research at any time. If you agree to participate in the study, you will be given a detailed information sheet and a consent form.

For further details or to sign up for the study, please contact Dr Alison Loram directly by emailing alison@loram8.freeserve.co.uk

Please share this article amongst any family, friends or colleagues you think may be interested in participating.

Note: This research project is not being conducted by BAPAM. The project has official ethics approval from UCL (University College of London) and is covered by UCL’s data protection protocol.