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 provides specialist health support to all full time and part time professional and student performing artists, plus production crew, 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 worry performers and stage crew include:
- pain affecting hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, back. 'RSI', overuse injuries in musicians, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, dance injuries, muscular tension, hypermobility, musculoskeletal problems caused by poor performance technique or posture
- voice loss or strain in singers and other professional voice users, hearing problems, tinnitus
- stage fright, depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol misuse or addiction
We provide the following services:
- Free confidential health assessment clinics We provide a network of expert doctors around the UK.
- Directory of practitioners We maintain a list of clinical specialists and practitioners in many branches of healthcare who have an interest in treating performing artists.
- 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.