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BAPAM Healthy Perf. Northern Ireland - Physical Health & Injury Prevention

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BAPAM Healthy Performance training Series

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Physical Health and Injury Prevention

BAPAM’s purpose is to improve health in the performing arts and support enhanced performance excellence through wellbeing and good practice.

As the largest provider of career-specific healthcare to performers in the UK, we are uniquely positioned to bring together expert clinicians, educators, researchers, artists and creators to deliver innovative training to empower the arts community to improve and maintain health throughout our creative work and learning spaces.

This introductory 2-hour session is designed for performing arts professionals and students and outlines risk factors and key strategies to maintain good physical health throughout a sustainable career.

The session focuses on evidence-based practical skills and draws from research findings, performance experience, and proven clinical pathways.

Participants will learn how to avoid injury, identify the signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal problems, what to do to promote good health, and where to go for help.

Tutor: Dr Christine Hunter MB BCh BAO DRCOG MRCGP

Christine is a very experienced Belfast GP with over 20 years working with performing artists. She is medical adviser to the Ulster Orchestra. She covers all areas of medicine, but in General Practice, she specialised in orthopaedics, piloting and developing an orthopaedic community based triage service to tackle long waiting lists. She runs the BAPAM clinic at the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast

Research looking at health issues within the performing arts workforce consistently finds that 70-75% of our population report both mental and physical health problems, which is much higher than the national average. We are lucky to be working with a number of health and wellbeing experts who can offer training to performers across the UK, with the aim of reducing the levels of poor health and supporting performers to have a sustainable career. Working with our partners in Equity, Musicians’ Union, Help Musicians UK and Performing Arts Education Providers - who are very kindly giving us free use of training venues - we are expanding our national training programme supporting healthy performance in the UK.

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