Protecting Your Neuromusculoskeletal Health

A NASM – PAMA Student Information Sheet

- Neuromusculoskeletal health is essential to your lifelong success as a musician.

- Practicing and performing music is physically demanding.

- Musicians are susceptible to numerous neuromusculoskeletal disorders.

- Some musculoskeletal disorders are related to behavior; others are genetic; still others are the result of trauma or injury. Some genetic conditions can increase a person’s risk of developing certain behavior-related neuromusculoskeletal disorders.

- Many neuromusculoskeletal disorders and conditions are preventable and/or treatable.

- Sufficient physical and musical warm-up time is important.

- Proper body alignment and correct physical technique are essential.

- Regular breaks during practice and rehearsal are vital in order to prevent undue physical stress and strain.

- It is important to set a reasonable limit on the amount of time that you will practice in a day.

- Avoid sudden increases in practice times.

- Know your body and its limits, and avoid “overdoing it.”

- Maintain healthy habits. Safeguard your physical and mental health.

- Day-to-day decisions can impact your neuromusculoskeletal health, both now and in the future. Since muscle and joint strains and a myriad of other injuries can occur in and out of school, you also need to learn more and take care of your own neuromusculoskeletal health on a daily basis, particularly with regard to your performing medium and area of specialization.

- If you are concerned about your personal neuromusculoskeletal health, talk with a medical professional.

- If you are concerned about your neuromusculoskeletal health in relationship to your program of study, consult Dr. Mark Williams.

Protecting Your Neuromusculoskeletal Health: Student Information Sheet – NASM/PAMA, ed. Mark Williams.