The musculoskeletal system includes our bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments – everything that helps us use our body. Whether you are a vocalist, instrumentalist, composer, or conductor, your body is integral to your art. By actively, consistently caring for the body, musicians can prevent a myriad of musculoskeletal-related health conditions.
There are various other resources available across campus to help support CMA students, faculty, and staff in developing and maintaining musculoskeletal health. Here are just a few:
Walking Wednesdays: Every Wednesday at 1:30pm, meet your fellow CMA members in the Kobacker Lobby to go for a stroll!
Other Walking Options: The CMA is fortunate to have a nearby gravel walking path just outside the Moore Musical Arts Center. This 1/3 mile loop takes you around the pond located between Moore and the Student Recreation Center. If you’re looking for a longer route, the Department of Recreation and Wellness has mapped out a variety of walking/running routes around campus, which you can access here.
Falcon Fitness: Break a sweat with one of the many group exercise classes, workshops, or personal training opportunities offered at BGSU! For updated schedules, check out this page.
Free Body Fat Testing: At the Student Recreation Center, CMA students, faculty, and staff are eligible for free body fat testing. Testing times are on Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm. For more information, contact the Student Recreation Center at (419) 372-2348 or visit this link.
In addition to staying physically active, you can support your musculoskeletal health through proper nutrition and hydration. Check out BGSU Dining Service’s page on nutrition info here.
Preventing Performance Injury through Proactivity
As musicians, we extend our bodies on a daily basis, and unfortunately, sometimes we experience performance-related injuries. These injuries can range in severity and can be incredibly stressful. The most effective way to address performance-related injuries is by first taking proactive steps to care for your body’s physical health.