Healthy Practice Lockdown Series
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 and during lockdown.
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: Louise Curly MSc (PAM) BSc (Hons) MCSP AACP BAPAM Specialist MSK, Sports and Performing Arts Physiotherapist
Louise is a specialist musculoskeletal, sports and performing arts physiotherapist. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) in physiotherapy from Keele University in 2004 and furthered her professional development by completing an MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at University College London where she was awarded a distinction in 2015.
Louise works in private practice in Warwickshire treating athletes of all ages and levels (swimming, ice skating, gymnastics, track and field, dance) and for the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine in London. For over ten years she has provided physiotherapy support for British Gymnastics at both national and international events including European and World Championships, the World Games, and the Olympics.
Recently Louise was delighted to have been invited to present her MSc research at the annual British Association of Performing Arts Medicine conference in London and to provide a core control training session to both national and international level coaches at the annual British Gymnastics Rhythmic Symposium held at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre.
Louise’s professional experience and post graduate studies have provided her with a wealth of knowledge in screening and movement analysis for injury prevention, advanced rehabilitation and adolescent athlete development. This experience ideally places Louise to offer effective assistance for athletes of all ages and levels with queries regarding optimising performance, minimising injury risk and aiding recovery.
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.