For all of those who have actually read the World Health
Organization report, which is few, including myself as the entire document has
yet to be released, and for those who have read the official press release put
up on The Lancet, a English medical journal that is ripe with conflict, this
needn’t concern you because the conclusion is so incredibly obvious.
For all of the others who are completely bought into this
abuse of statistical evaluation as “credible science,” please continue reading.
It is no secret that the United States has a lot to learn
from how other countries manage their health. Our obesity and preventable
disease rates are consistently among the highest in the world, as are our
numbers of people on prescription drugs. One area in which we are failing most egregiously
is the way our society treats our pregnant and new mothers. I’ll use Sweden as
an example directly opposed to the U.S. in this regard; since 1974, in Sweden, both mother and father
of a new born are given, by law, 12 months of paid parental leave to share.
Well my little shredders, it’s the start of a new season on
the hills and mountains of North America. Questions abound; will El Niño bring
epic snow to the West? Can this season possibly match last season’s massive
snow totals in the East? Are any of the advances in boots or skis truly going
to improve your riding? Which resort towns will be the first to follow Aspen’s
lead and go 100% renewable? While I cannot predict answers with certainty, I’m
entertained (and I hope y’all are too) by hypothetically prognosticating.
What if I told you that there was one solution for some of
the most common physical maladies in society? This one thing fixes most, if not
all, cases of plantar fasciitis and lower back pain, and addresses knee pains
of every kind. This fix can be done preemptively to keep all of these and
countless other maladies from attacking your body. Years of damage can be
undone with one simple process. Debilitating injury can be avoided altogether
when taken as a precautionary habit. What if I told you all it would cost is
that it would take 15-20 minutes, but you had to do it every day?
Musicians have the potential to suffer physically from
long hours of playing. Just like any athlete, they run a risk of overtraining, especially
without the use of proper counter exercises. As performance coaches, it is our
duty to apply our practices to every type of performance, not just the performance
The main difference between athletic and musical
performance is the inherent movement. String players (violin, viola, cello),
woodwind players, vocalists, and pianists tend to perform music that is more
static pieces, which forces them to be in one position for a prolonged period