Dancer at the World Performing Arts Festival 2006
Photo © Waheed Khalid
Street entertainer (identity unknown).
Photo © Juliet
The conductor Jesko in performance.
Photo © Jana Hettler
Singer Tina Marsh in performance.
Photo © Michael Fuentes
Yumiko Fukuda dancing at the Prix de Lausanne international competition for young dancers.
Photo © Thierry Jayet
BAPAM is a unique non-profit health care organisation providing specialist health support to performing arts professionals and students, throughout the UK.
We can help you whether you are a musician, actor, dancer, singer, stage technician, sound engineer, DJ or variety artist. Sometimes performers have found or been given inaccurate information. Our doctors are experienced at assessing performing artists and can help with an accurate diagnosis and advice.
Medical problems that BAPAM can give advice about include:
- Activity-related pain, 'RSI', overuse injuries, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, dance injuries, muscular tension, hypermobility, musculoskeletal problems caused by performance technique or posture.
- Voice loss or strain in singers, actors and professional voice users, hearing problems.
- Stage fright, anxiety, stress.
We provide the following services:
- Free confidential health assessment clinics BAPAM's network of expert clinicians around the UK.
- Directory of practitioners We maintain a list of clinical specialists and practitioners in many branches of health care who have experience helping people working in the performing arts.
- Our health resources help you to understand what you can do to keep in peak condition, even though the demands of the job sometimes make this difficult. For example, we can suggest ways you can look after yourself on tour; how to maintain a work-life balance to ensure you can perform at your best.