Every musical instrument brings its own challenges to musicians who practice hours a day, repeating movements over and over again. From a physiotherapist’s perspective, it’s a perfect recipe for a repetitive use injury. Prevention is key, but once pain and discomfort start it’s useful to know what to do to prevent them from becoming a chronic injury.
We were impressed with this booklet by physiotherapy student, Alexandra Brohman, from the University of Alberta. Playing for Keeps is aimed at piano teachers and pianists. It outlines the common injuries, ways to recognize symptoms early and how to manage certain injuries when rest isn’t an easy option. It also gives tips for injury prevention.
Read more about Alexandra and the information booklet here: Physical therapy grad helps injured musicians play for keeps
Download the booklet here: Playing for Keeps
(Thanks to Alexandra Brohman for giving us permission to share her work.)