Musician's Health and Safety

MUSICIAN'S HEALTH AND INJURY PREVENTION

Within the past decade the number  and sometimes seriousness  of performance injuries has grown. This is an issue all musicians at all levels of accomplishment need to take seriously. The information on this page is provided to offer you resources to address both injury prevention and avoidance of it. 

If you believe you are developing a performance injury, please confer with your studio instructor and ensemble director(s).  Please also take advantage of resources and services available on campus to help you.

CAMPUS RESOURCES

Appointments can be made with Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services (CHWS, located on the second floor of the Wheelock Student Center) at x1555.  You also may need to make an appointment through the School of Physical Therapy (located on the first floor of Weyerhaeuser Hall, (253)879-3180); referrals are not required.

Follow this link for a list of resources for physical therapy clinics that specialize in treating musicians in the Seattle/Tacoma area.

 

GENERAL

Musician’s Health 

This website is an excellent resource that encompasses Musician’s health, providing information on health problems seen in musicians, self-care for the musician, nutritional issues, stretches and exercises and more.

More links on General Musician's Health:

  • Official journal of the Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA). Current issues and archives available online and in the Collins Memorial Library.
  • Performing Arts Medicine Association

 

HEARING

Basic Information on Hearing Health: This site was created by NASM and PAMA as an in-depth resource regarding Musician’s Hearing Health. It covers facts, basic information, information on protection of hearing, and recommendations for faculty and staff in Schools of Music.

More links on Musician’s Hearing Health:

 

VOCAL HEALTH

Protecting Your Vocal Health: Student Information Sheet: This resource created by NASM and PAMA gives basic information and helpful tips for vocalists. 

More links on Vocal Health:


 

MUSCULOSKELETAL HEALTH & PREVENTION

Musicians and MSI: Symptoms and Types of Injuries: An excellent description of the symptoms and pain levels associated with musculoskeletal injuries including detailed descriptions of tendon and muscle disorders, as well as nerve compression and entrapment.

 More Links on Musculoskeletal Health:

 

PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH

Coping with Music Performance Anxiety: this website created by the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire covers the topic of performance anxiety. It gives a definition of anxiety disorders, ways to manage anxiety, and more resources on the subject.

More links on Psychological Health: