Performing Arts Sports Medicine – Dr. Mark Timmerman

Performing Arts Medicine is a very interesting
part of a sports medicine practice. I call these athletes “artistic athletes.” Musicians,
dancers, singers, actors; these are people who have competitions and daily practice,
and work toward a goal, and really are committed to maintaining their activity. And it takes
a sports medicine mentality to keep them active and healthy. The arts – not traditional sports medicine
– but I’ve always been a fan of the arts. I grew up playing piano and singing in choirs.
I sang in choirs through medical school, and I’ve even been involved in some of the local
choirs here. My daughters – we have two daughters – and they were very active in the arts, music
and drama through college. And so we’ve always been patrons of the arts. I serve on the Board
of Trustees of our local Theater company. So, that’s been an important part of my interest
in sports medicine. Actors have an amazing amount of injury. It’s
quite an athletic endeavor. Not only voice and sinus and head and neck issues, but also
they fight onstage, there are many choreographed sword fights. I’ve taken care of sword injuries
and sprains and falls and splinters on stage, and all sorts of injuries. Artistic athletes are similar to other athletes
in that they need to be able to continue their activity. And in fact, for many of them, it’s
a profession. So it’s really important that they’re able to get on stage just as an athlete
would show up for an event, and to be able to practice. And any way that we can find
for artistic athletes to get braced or taped, or help their voice or anything we can do
to keep them on the stage, is really important to them. So that sports medicine mentality
or our approach to taking care of injuries, it really fits for them.

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