Performing Arts Medicine, 3rd ed.Medical Problems of Performing Artists

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Etiologies of Medical Problems in Performing Artists

Alice G. Brandfonbrener
From: Performing Arts Medicine, 3rd ed.: Chapter 2 © 2010; page: 25

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Abstract: The medical problems faced by performing artists share many common features among the different areas of performance. This chapter discusses the etiologies generally rather than the specific diagnoses. Its goal is to identify broadly the risk factors associated with artistic performance that underlie these injuries and health issues, focusing primarily on those faced by instrumental musicians but also vocalists and actors. Topics include music education and its risks, including teaching styles, the medical evaluation of the musician-patient, the role of age and joint laxity, risks associated with specific instruments and classes, risks in performance venues and environmental hazards, and lifestyle issues confronting the performing artist.

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