10 Tips on How to Prevent Practice and Performance-Related Injuries

10 Tips on How to Prevent Practice and Performance-Related Injuries

  1. DO arm up (take a walk, stretch, begin slowly and easily on your instrument)
  2. DO take breaks (10 minutes per hour, minimum)
  3. DO sit/stand with good posture (shoulders down and back straight, feet flat on floor)
  4. DO increase your practice load gradually and vary your repertoire
  5. DO stress-reducing relaxation activities and exercise (yoga, massage, swimming, bicycling, for example)
  6. DO take one day off a week.
  7. Do be easier on yourself when you are under duress or when you are overtired.
  8. Do move (sitting very still can build up tension – wiggle and stretch and avoid being static in one position).
  9. DO breathe deeply.
  10. DO practice AWAY from your instrument (listen to recordings, study scores, mental preparation and visualizing performing well).

Reference:  “Playing (Less) Hurt” by Janet Horvath

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