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Diversity and training in performing arts medicine

Bronwen J. Ackermann
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 34 Number 2: Page 122 (June 2019)

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Abstract: Medical Problems of Performing Artists has addressed the needs of clinicians for many decades, providing evidence and opinion pieces on performing artists' healthcare regarding a wide range of health issues that may either affect or cause problems when performing. Traditionally, two major challenges facing the best approaches to managing the health of performing artists has been (i) limited scientific research evidence supporting preventative approaches, specific assessments and treatment methods for the vast array of conditions seen, and (ii) a lack of training programs specifically targeting performing artists' healthcare. Not only are there many important differences between general healthcare and managing the health of performing artists, but there are variations between individuals performing on the same instrument, and a vast array of styles and genres of performing arts that create very different demands on performers. In relation to the first point, a previous lack of available scientific literature has hindered evidence-informed performing arts medicine practice; however, high-quality research has recently progressed rapidly. This edition of MPPA also highlights the incredible breadth of information emerging, recognising the complex and multiple health demands facing diverse performing arts domains.

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