String Players and Health

Editor's Abstract

Playing a string instrument is a true joy, but is fraught with all sorts of potential health issues, from repetitive stress injuries to general aches and pains. Samantha George, Associate Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, has had her share of violin-related health issues. She worked closely with Dr. Alice Brandfonbrener, the Music Medicine expert, to overcome her own problem and, in the course of healing herself, became quite conversant with many of the issues that confront string players.
In this introductory article, Samantha offers some basic, practical advice on how string players can avoid some common injuries, and what you should do if you find yourself in pain.

Ann Drinan

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