August 2011 Convention
Charlotte, NC

Practical Injury Prevention and Management

Angela McCuiston

photo by Lea Pearson

This panel, on which I served, discussed practical ways in which teachers and performers can reduce playing-related injuries. Angela McCuiston talked about the importance of fitness in maintaining overall health, and in particular the muscles flutists need to be aware of strengthening. Susan Fain described in detail how flute playing could impact issues of the neck. Karen Lonsdale addressed issues of ergonomics and position. Ispoke about the whole-body processes of balance, breathing, and attention.

—Lea Pearson