Traditional musicians, like all other musicians, are prone to injuries relating to their performance practice, habits and environments. SafeTRAD was set up to encourage traditional musicians to become more aware of their playing habits and to develop strategies for preventing injuries occurring, where possible.

Play Well

You’re doing a great job. Don’t get bogged down in myths about what is right or wrong when it comes to posture and instrument supports. Go with what is comfortable for you and what helps you reach your personal optimal sound.

Play Smart

Listen to your body. Vary your playing position; alternate sitting and standing. Stretch your whole body and take regular breaks.



Humans are designed to move. Every time you play, make a point of doing something afterwards to counteract your playing position e.g. take a walk, go for a run or a cycle, practice yoga; get your heart rate up