Award Date

8-1-2014

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

First Committee Member

Dean Gronemeier

Second Committee Member

Timothy Jones

Third Committee Member

Kenneth Hanlon

Fourth Committee Member

Thomas Leslie

Fifth Committee Member

Jeffrey Koep

Number of Pages

83

Abstract

Do preventive therapies have the potential to help avoid common injuries among percussionists? This document investigates physiological therapy and nutrition in relation to percussion performance. My interest in this subject matter is derived from my personal experiences with injuries related to the performance of percussion. Although I have studied and played percussion professionally for more than a decade, I was unaware of certain methods of rehabilitation that were available to me prior to my injuries. As I learned about the rehabilitation process through first hand experience, I discovered that my injuries were very common among percussionists. This raised the question: Why isn't performing arts medicine incorporated into formal music training? And, if this is a common problem among percussionists, how can we prevent injury? The goal of my research is to develop a comprehensive diet and exercise regime in order to optimize performance and prevent the most common injuries to percussionists.

Keywords

Carpal; Diet; Exercise; Injury; Median nerve – Wounds and injuries; Percussion; Percussionists – Wounds and injuries – Prevention; Performing arts medicine; Tendinitis; Tendonitis

Disciplines

Education | Kinesiology | Music | Rehabilitation and Therapy

Language

English


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