PERFORMING ARTS HEALTHCARE GUIDES
ASPAH presents expert advice on healthcare issues facing professionals, pre-professionals and students in the performing arts. These are examples of ASPAH’s many resources designed to support the physical and mental wellbeing of the performing arts community.
Individual Guides and Posters are downloadable by clicking the linked titles below.
In 2019, ASPAH published a Collection of Healthcare Guides which can also be downloaded at the button below.
Dancers, musicians, singers, bands, circus performers, actors and stage crew can all suffer acute injuries, often during a performance, on tour, or when medical help is not readily available. This guide describes immediate and follow-up care, while recommending professional advice as soon as possible.
Keywords: diagnosis; recovery; health professional; pain
The healthcare system can be confusing to pre-professional and young performers and stage crew. This outline of the public and private systems includes the services available in each, the role of Medicare and potential costs.
Keywords: health insurance; allied health; mental health; sexual health
Physical fitness has long been recognised as essential for circus artists, ballet and other dancers, and stage crews. Now, actors, singers, and orchestral and band musicians also embrace the relationship between exercise and high performance. This guide explains different training regimes, periodisation and possible risks.
Keywords: strength; endurance; conditioning; exercise physiologist
Performing artists at all levels need to maintain a balance between fatigue and recovery. Physiological and psychological aspects of different types of fatigue are accompanied by information on recovery strategies and self-monitoring techniques.
Keywords: training injuries; self-management; hydration; stress
For performers, a sense of safety can be undermined by unfamiliar environments; physical, technical and social challenges; and uncertainty about requirements. This guide outlines legal protections against threats to physical and psychological wellbeing, and ways to seek help. It includes a list of relevant websites and contact information in case of emergency.
Keywords: sexual harassment; bullying; racial hatred; assault; suicide prevention
All performing artists benefit from general fitness, but they also need specific fitness to meet practice and rehearsal demands and to excel in their own area of performance. A summary of the benefits of fitness and exercise is followed by information on tailoring an individual exercise program.
Keywords: aerobic; depression; osteoporosis; high blood pressure; heart disease
This guide addresses the strong interdependency between physical and mental aspects of health, and outlines lifestyle factors that can impact on health, wellbeing and performance. It includes websites offering support in situations that threaten performers’ physical or mental health, wellbeing or life.
Keywords: self-harm; substance abuse; addiction; LGBTI health; suicide
Brief descriptions and websites for the main health insurance options, including Medicare, private health insurance, health plans, Worker’s Compensation, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
Keywords: contractor; self-employed; international students; Fair Work Ombudsman
Overuse and chronic injuries are common in many performing arts, due to specific technical requirements and the intensity of training and performance. This guide includes tips for avoiding and managing these injuries, and their relationship with pain.
Keywords: repetitive strain injury; stress fracture; risk factors; relative rest
An introduction to the complex nature of psychological wellbeing leads to the duty of workplaces, training institutions and employees to manage risks, and the duty of students and performers to take reasonable care of their own wellbeing. Advice on maintaining cognitive, emotional and social health is included.
Keywords: crisis support; wellness; stress; burnout; depression
Good quality sleep is an essential, but sometimes ignored, contributor to high performance. An outline of the purpose of sleep, and problems relating to insufficient or inefficient sleep, are followed by a range of potential remedies for sleep disturbances and insomnia.
Keywords: metabolism; sleep apnoea; anxiety; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Insomnia (CBTi)
At some stage in their careers, most performers need advice on maintaining health and wellbeing while travelling. This guide covers challenges arising from regional, national and international touring, such as nutrition, hydration, avoiding infection, jet lag, and DVT. Practical advice on travel clothing, luggage and travelling with medication may prevent discomfort and avoidable setbacks.
Keywords: traveller’s diarhhoea ; stretching; self-massage; health documentation
After demystifying the purpose and the nature of pain, this guide offers information that can help lessen or even ‘unlearn’ pain. Pain can be increased or decreased by factors such as the evidence of your own eyes, the reactions of those around you, your stress levels, previous experience, and urban myths.
Keywords: brain plasticity; nociceptor; tissue damage; perception of danger
A brief list of some of the types of health professionals commonly consulted by the performing arts community. All descriptive information has been drawn from relevant professional websites.