Musician, Athlete, or Both? Intro

Vanessa Mae, violinist and skier. Photo from http://www.supertravel.co.uk

P O S T U R E
ALIGNMENT
CORE STRENGTH
FLEXIBILITY
REPETITIVE STRAIN

These are all words you might associate with an elite athlete, but do they apply to musicians?

British violinist, Vanessa Mae, will be competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi this year, representing her father’s native country, Thailand. Though quite a contrast in disciplines, I am not surprised that she was able to qualify under FIS standards, as she is probably quite experienced in practicing and perfecting  her skills to perform to a certain standard.

I often like to compare musicians to being like athletes.  They push their body for hours at a time to  practice and perfect their skills so that they can perform better. However, the resources for high-performing musicians are limited. Whilst elite athletes have access to doctors, physiologists, sport psychologists, dieticians, sleep consultants, in addition to their variety of technique coaches, musicians do not often have  the same access to resources that enhance their performance.

The goal of this website is to educate the high-performing athletic musician and performing artist in order to enhance their performance. With my background in physiotherapy, the majority of posts will come from a musculoskeletal perspective. However, don’t be surprised  at the global health and wellness topics I hope to address in the near future.