The role and value of implementing health screening programs within music conservatoires

Clark, T. and Holmes, P. and Feeley, G. and Redding, E. (2011) The role and value of implementing health screening programs within music conservatoires. In: International Symposium on Performance Science 2011, 24-27 August 2011, Canada.

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Interest in musicians’ health and wellbeing is growing, reflected by increasing numbers of investigations into the physicality and psychology of music performance. Within sport and dance, screening and profiling programs have furthered understanding of not only physical and psychological capabilities and demands, but also injury mechanisms and susceptibility. Drawing on experience gained from musicians’ screening conducted over a two year period, the current paper engages with questions relating to the development and delivery of musician-specific health screening programs. An effective screening program can offer a variety of benefits and provide informed recommendations for musicians’ training. Employing an interdisciplinary approach when developing screening programs is essential, as is the ecological appropriateness of the measures used. At present, three types of musician-specific screening programs are currently in use at Trinity Laban. These programs, together with implications inherent in the delivery of successful screening programs, are discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: musicians’ health; screening; injury prevention; program development; interdisciplinarity
Subjects: Performance Science
Music Education
Division: Performance Science
Depositing User: Terry Clark
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2018 14:55
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2018 15:01

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