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An Orchestra Musician's Perspective on 20 Years of Performing Arts Medicine

Janet Horvath
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 16 Number 3: Page 102 (September 2001)

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Abstract: As the Associate Principal Cello of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1980 and the founder and director of the "Playing (less) Hurt Conference and Lecture Series," I have seen the explosion of interest in and the establishment of the field of performing arts medicine from its very inception. Over the years, I have encountered countless musicians in various stages of denial or shame concerning their very real pain. Admitting to a problem ultimately means reckoning with it, making changes to playing technique or habits, and oftentimes taking a hiatus from playing altogether.

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