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Artists and Athletes

Ralph A. Manchester
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 26 Number 1: Page 1 (March 2011)

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Abstract: Several articles in this issue touch on some of the more athletic components of the performing arts. The article by Twitchett et al. describes fitness aspects of ballet, Gabrilo et al. discuss lung function in synchronized swimmers, and we also learn about how one flutist prepared for a very difficult piece by exercising (and practicing) in the letter by Borkowski. Of course, these are not the first articles in MPPA that look at performers as individuals who call on a variety of physical skills to create an artistic performance; examples of studies looking at both dancers and musicians dating back nearly a decade or more are easy to find. And this column has drawn on certain concepts borrowed from the world of sports medicine on more than one occasion. The connection between performing arts medicine and sports medicine is mentioned early on by Dr. Brandfonbrener in the new edition of Performing Arts Medicine. In this editorial I outline some of the similarities and differences between performing artists and athletes in an attempt to highlight opportunities for improving the health of performing artists in the future.

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