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Health on the Move--Challenges in Work and Lifestyle Changes for Performing Artists

Bronwen J. Ackerman
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 34 Number 3: Page 169 (September 2019)

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Abstract: This issue of MPPA raises awareness once more of the highly specific needs of performing artists, and the specialised kind of support or assessment that will be required to optimally manage their health care needs. As reported in this issue, Kawano et al. concluded that highly expressive task-specific movements are often a normal part of the technical requirements for a dance routine, and analysing whether dancers are safe to perform these manoeuvres requires a highly trained eye and experience. Not only that, but their beliefs on how such movements affect their risk of injury may be influenced by perspectives within the dance culture (Hendry et al.). To be able to assess dancers and their injury risk requires health professionals to have substantial experience, as general health assessment measures are unlikely to be adequate to meet their highly complex performance demands (Clarke et al.). Similar experience is required in understanding the complex demands of the wide spectrum of musical performance, acting, and other artistic pursuits, including understanding strategies to help performing artists manage their workloads. Problems are highlighted with the impact of fatigue on circus (Decker et al.) and dance activities (Jarvis et al.), with work and training loads playing a role in affecting movement patterns and health status. Further research may clarify other factors contributing to fatigue in performing artists, as many issues such as travel, diet, and mood will contribute to feelings of fatigue.

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