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Posture and PRMDs

Ralph A. Manchester
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 29 Number 1: Page 1 (March 2014)

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Abstract: When I was growing up, it seemed like posture was a big deal--to my parents, other (older) relatives, teachers, and other authority figures. Hardly a day passed (as I recall) without an adult telling me to stand up taller or sit up straighter. An informal survey of my peers suggests that I was not alone in this regard. Whatever effect those posture reminders had on me, I'm afraid I didn't make much of an attempt to imbue my children with a similar sense of urgency about posture. I don't think they have "bad posture"--I just don¿t remember telling them to sit or stand up straighter. On the other hand, I have suggested to a number of music students who have come in to see me about a performance-related musculoskeletal disorder (PRMD) that they should talk with their teacher and a physical therapist about their posture and the effect it may be having on their body and their performance. So how can we best understand the relationships among posture, performance, and injury in the performing arts? The article by Ramella et al. in this issue of MPPA gives us some new information about the potential importance of posture for instrumental musicians. In order to provide some context for this article, I will try to give a brief overview of what we know about posture and the health of performing artists.
https://doi.org/10.21091/mppa.2014.1001

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