Practice Safe Trad

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01 SafeTrad In Play

Whether during practice, in a workshop, or class, or at a session, consider the following (as appropriate):

  • Take regular breaks (why not set your phone/ clock for reminders, say every 30 minutes)
  • Set your instrument down between tunes
  • Do short bursts of exercise (e.g. shoulder rolls, arm stretches, star jumps)
    Stop for a few minutes and walk (e.g. around the room, to the bathroom)
  • Play in/warm up by starting off with some slower/ easier tunes
  • Alternate sitting and standing

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02 SafeTrad After Play

To counteract your playing position and to keep yourself injury-free, YOU SHOULD MOVE. Any form of aerobic exercise is worthwhile (150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week is recommended*). Have you tried strength training to increase muscle capacity? other lifestyle guidelines to consider?

 *American College of Sport Medicine (www.acsm.org

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03 SafeTrad How the Body Works

The body is made up of a complex network of structures such as muscles and joints which all work together. If one set of muscles is over-stressed, this will have an effect on other muscles and joints. Of course, in playing any musical instrument, we are immediately asking the body to work repeatedly in ways for which it was not specifically designed.

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04 SafeTrad Already Injured

short-term management – Have you tried an ice pack over the affected area? Massage? Stretching exercises? Remember to take regular breaks when playing; set that clock to remind yourself!
long-term management – Developing self-awareness is a crucial first step in listening to how your body works.
If the health professional has an understanding of the lifestyle and pressures associated with being a traditional musician, they are likely to be particularly helpful.

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