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Paula Brusky

Paula Brusky

Injury Prevention for Musicians

Clinic Synopsis:

Musicians are athletes, yet very little time is devoted during the study of an instrument on how to stay healthy for the duration of a career. With the high prevalence of performing related musculoskeletal disorders among all musicians (some studies report injury rates as high as 88%) this workshop presents multiple strategies to prevent pain and injuries related to playing. Attendees will identify factors that increase the risk of developing an injury. A brief discussion on anatomy will be followed with proper stretching techniques and muscle health considerations. Multiple effective self-treatment and practice strategies will be presented. The mental aspects of injury will be discussed, as well as knowing when and where to seek professional assistance. This workshop provides musicians with hands-on experience preventing injuries and provides tools to foster a long healthy career in music.

Paula Brusky - Biographical Information

Paula Brusky is an internationally recognized bassoonist, the founding director of the Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition Inc, and a specialist on injury prevention for musicians. Brusky was awarded the Endeavor International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to attend the University of Sydney for her Ph.D. Her research on injury prevention for musicians has been presented at the Performing Arts Medicine Association Conference, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Michigan, the San Francisco Conservatory, among others. Brusky is a Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, an adjunct assistant professor at St Norbert College, and a Research Affiliate at the University of Sydney. Previously, Brusky received a Master of Music from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University.