to Touring Performers Are Not Unlike Professional Athletes'
injuries to performers reminds
us of how similar injuries are between our performer clients
and our athlete clients. Musicians, athletes, and other performing
artists are exposed to tremendous amounts of stress on their
bodies. The demands of excellence, precision, and endurance
can be costly, often leading to seriously debilitating injuries.
Artists are beginning to realize what athletes have known
for years; the better shape your body is in, the higher tolerance
it has against injury. Today’s artists are much better
informed than artists in the past to the importance of training,
nutrition, physical therapy, warm-up, and warm-down routines.
We can only guess as to how many careers were cut short or
altered in the past by the lack of effective training and
treatment to injuries.
Here’s advice we give to our touring artist clients
to help avoid injury:
in shape. Before the start of a strenuous tour, do what
the athletes do, hold a training camp for the performers
and supporting musicians, dancers, etc.
stretch before performances.
tour schedule to allow for adequate rest periods.
If economically feasible, have on tour, as part of the crew,
a trainer or physical therapist.