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A curated collection of writings and videos by Peabody and Johns Hopkins faculty experts and industry leaders in the field of performing arts medicine and wellness.

How to Respond to Playing-Related Pain

by Serap Bastepe-Gray, MD, MM, OT

Musicians are notorious about waiting too long to seek treatment for pain or discomfort. They tend to believe that – whatever it is – it will go away on its own. As “athletes of the small muscles,” they also suffer from something of a cultural bias against admitting injury.

Practice Pointers for Pain-Free Playing

by Serap Bastepe-Gray, MD, MM, OT

Instrumental musicians have more in common with athletes than many might imagine. Both spend hours of every day striving for improvement, practice sessions which strain both body and mind – sometimes to the point of injury.

Playing in Pain? Here’s What to Do

Most musicians experience performance-related pain at some point in their careers. But for those in pain, what to do beyond taking an over the counter anti-inflammatory can seem daunting. In this video, Dr. Serap Bastepe-Gray talks with Dr. Ralph Manchester about his recommendations on what to do when pain appears.

Reducing Fatigue in Practice & Performance

Dr. Serap Bastepe-Gray talks with Dr. Ralph Manchester about the relationship between strength, force, and endurance in preventing performance injuries, the benefits of exercise for musicians, and a little known fact about Arnold Schwarzenegger learning to play the violin.

Top Three Tips for Injury Prevention

What can musicians do to reduce wear and tear on their bodies, maintain peak performance health, and prevent performance-related injuries? Dr. Ralph Manchester talks with Dr. Serap Bastepe-Gray about his recommendations for healthy music-making.