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December, 22, 2017
01:15 PM - 02:15 PM


Meeting Room W187


Randall Dick

Randall Dick
Serena Weren

Serena Weren

Athletes and the Arts – A Unique National Initiative to Enhance Performing Artist Health and Performance

Clinic Synopsis:

Musicians and their instructors often lack knowledge of injury prevention, wellness concepts, and practice guidelines afforded sports athletes, but this knowledge can be used to optimize their health and performance. This clinic will introduce the Athletes and the Arts Initiative, a coalition of 18-national music and sport organizations, and discuss major musicians’ health/wellness issues with applicable lessons from sports medicine literature. We will also introduce current and developing opportunities to get better educated and engaged in Athletes and the Arts..

Randall Dick - Biographical Information

Randall Dick is a Fellow and former Board of Trustees member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He worked for twenty years with the NCAA managing its sports medicine and injury prevention programs, including the development and application of two generations of the NCAA Injury Surveillance System. He serves on the US Lacrosse Sports Science Committee and has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and multiple book chapters on a variety of sports medicine issues. Randy was an invited speaker at the 2008 Third International Conference on Concussion in Sport. He organized Health and Safety Sports Consultants, LLC as a consulting business. Randy leads Athletes and the Arts, an initiative that works to integrate sports medicine principles and wellness into the performing arts. He serves as a consultant for Major League Baseball developing a league-wide injury surveillance system and associated research projects. In 2008, he joined Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, where he works on a real world data team, applying data such as claims and electronic health records to determine relevant health outcomes.

Serena Weren - Biographical Information

Dr. Serena Weren is the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Loyola University New Orleans where she leads multiple wind bands and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting and music education classes. She earned her DMA in wind band conducting from Arizona State University under the direction of Gary W. Hill and Wayne Bailey. She also holds a BA in music and geology from Franklin & Marshall College, a BM in music education from Temple University, and a MM in instrumental conducting and a MMEd both from Arkansas State University. Previously, she was the Director of Bands at Middletown High School South and River Plaza Elementary School in New Jersey. Dr. Weren is an active guest conductor and clinician for concert and marching bands across the United States and internationally. She was a featured educator at the First National Band Camp of Guatemala in 2015, where she worked to develop the instructional skills of Guatemalan music educators, encourage social engagement and citizenship through music, and helped lead the first national marching band of Guatemalan students. Her current research interests include investigating the association of instrumental music making, social networks, and biochemicals that can aid in better understanding our social and physiological relationship to music making. Dr. Weren is also committed to improving health and wellness knowledge in the musical profession that can lead to more healthy and productive life-long musicians. In addition to her personal research in this area, she also has a Certificate in Performing Arts Health from PAMA/ACSM and is an active member of the Athletes and the Arts initiative. She has presented at Midwest, CBDNA and CMS conferences and is a member of CBDNA, CMS, NBA, NAfME, PAMA, and WASBE.