Performing Arts Medicine

Performing arts medicine is a branch of medicine that emerged in the late 20th century. It deals with injuries and the prevention of injuries to performing artists, particularly musicians and dancers.

Performing arts medicine is an outgrowth of occupational and physical medicine concerned with the medical complaints of musicians, dancers, actors and other performing artists. Medical issues can range from pain in performance to neuro-muscular dysfunction or psychological problems related to performance. The awkward positions and repetitive motions commonly required of performing artists can lead to these and other problems. Medical problems related to performance are common among musicians: according to a 1987 survey of musicians, "Eighty-two percent said they experienced a medical problem, either physical or psychological, and 76 percent said it was severe enough to interfere with their work."[1]

The first survey of medical problems of performing artists is in the 1713 treatise Diseases of Workers by Bernardino Ramazzini. More recently, Diseases of the Music Profession: A Systematic Presentation of Their Causes, Symptoms and Methods of Treatment, by Kurt Singer, was translated into English in 1932.[2] Performing arts medicine began to take an organizational shape in the 1980s, with the first annual symposium on the topic in 1983, at the request of the Aspen Music Festival.[3] A peer-reviewed journal, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, began publication in 1986, edited by Alice Brandfonbrener.[4] The Performing Arts Medicine Association was founded in 1988.[5]

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Performing Arts Medicine Association maintains a list of its members' publications.[6]
  • Sataloff, Robert (1991). Textbook of performing arts medicine. New York: Raven Press. ISBN 0881676985.
  • Sataloff, Robert (2010). Performing arts medicine. Narberth, PA: Science & Medicine. ISBN 0975886223.
  • Bird, H. A. (2016). Performing arts medicine in clinical practice. Cham: Springer. ISBN 3319124269.
  • Winspur, Ian (1998). The musician's hand : a clinical study. London: Martin Dunitz. ISBN 1853174920.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Elliott, Susan (24 May 1992). "Medics in the Musical Wars". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  2. ^ Stellman, Jeanne (1998). Encyclopaedia of occupational health and safety. Geneva: International Labor Office. ISBN 9221098168.
  3. ^ "Alice Brandfonbrener, M.D." Local Legends: Celebrating America's Local Women Physicians. United States National Library of Medicine. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  4. ^ Sataloff, Robert (2010). Performing arts medicine. Narberth, PA: Science & Medicine. ISBN 0975886223.
  5. ^ "About". Performing Arts Medicine Association. Performing Arts Medicine Association. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Member Publications". Performing Arts Medicine Association. Performing Arts Medicine Association. Retrieved 20 November 2017.

External linksEdit

Performing Arts Medicine, article at PM&R KnowledgeNow, Web site of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation