Playing (Less) Hurt
An injury prevention guide for musicians
By Janet Horvath
Making music at any level is a powerful gift. While musicians have endless resources for learning the basics of their instruments and the theory of music, few books have explored the other subtleties and complexities that musicans face in their quest to play with ease and skill. With alarming frequency, musicians – amateur and professional – experience serious injuries. The demands of solitary practice, hectic rehearsal schedules, challenging repertoire, performance pressures, awkward postures and other physical strains have left a trail of injured, hearing impaired and frustrated musicians who have had few resources to guide them.
Playing (Less) Hurt, a readable and comprehensive reference work, addresses this need with specific tools to avoid and alleviate injury. Impressively researched, this book is invaluable not only to musicians, but also to the coaches and medical professionals who work with them. Everyone, from orthopedists, neurologists and dentists to audiologists, massage therapists and trainers, will benefit from Janet Horvath's coherent account of the physiology and psyche of a practicing musician. Writing with knowledge, sympathetic insight, humor and aplomb, Horvath has created an essential guide for all musicans who want to play better and feel better.