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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.
Carpal; Diet; Exercise; Injury; Median nerve – Wounds and injuries; Percussion; Percussionists – Wounds and injuries – Prevention; Performing arts medicine; Tendinitis; Tendonitis
Education | Kinesiology | Music | Rehabilitation and Therapy
Merlino, Anthony Joseph, "The Percussionist Bodybuilder: Optimizing Performance Through Exercise and Nutrition" (2014). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2196.