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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 10:21 pm 
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Found this article on a dutch bass player forum.

HOW TO PREVENT & THREAT HAND & WRIST INJURIES
By Roch Stim

You're backstage, and you have an hour before your band's show starts. You should:

(a) hit the ground and do 50 push-ups;
(b) relax with a thermos of coffee;
(c) pull out your laptop and surf the Net;
(d) spend an hour working on scales.

According to hand surgeon Dr. Robert Markison, one of the nation's leading experts on musician hand injuries (and a semi- professional musician for the past 20 years), the answer is none of the above. Each one of these backstage activities works against a good performance.

When you do push-ups, you are applying much of your body weight to the #1 spot for string- player injuries-the carpal tunnel ring between your hand and forearm. Caffeine is a diuretic that causes your body to lose liquid, thereby shutting down micro-circulation to the capillaries (the tiny vessels that supply blood to nerves, tendons, and inuscies) in your hands and wrists. Working on a laptop keyboard (or any non- ergonomic keyboard, for that matter) strains the wrists, so you're tiring out your hands before you play. That also applies to a one-hour practice session.

Instead of these activities, Dr. Markison recommends stretching exercises and a five- to ten-minute warm-up on your axe. If you think you're invincible - that this advice is for someone else - take note: one out of three career musicians is likely to suffer hand, arm, or wrist-related injuries (also known as upper-limb injuries). These statistics may be higher for guitar and bass players. Upper-limb afflictions can cause pain, numbness, or tingling in the hand - and for some musicians, they can mark the end of a career. Such injuries as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) strike all ages and types of musicians, forth thrash bassist Scan Yseuit of White Zombie to classical double-bass player Lany Epstein of the San Francisco Symphony. In addition to upper-limb injuries, bass playing can also aggravate pre-existing shoulder, neck, and spine injuries.

Here are some simple tips that will help you to avoid injuries and may also increase stamina and improve performance.


Reposition your bass neck.
Avoid playing with your bass neck parallel to the ground. Dr. Markison recommends holding your bass so the neck is at a 30- to 60-degree angle relative to the ground; that way, your fretting wrist is not as bent, land you get more efficient use of tbc muscles in the forearm. Try to maintain more than a 30-degree angle when sitting, although this can be difficult with many basses. Klein Electric Guitars in Sonoma, California, makes an ergonomic headless bass with an extreme waist cutaway that maintains the neck at the proper angle, whether you're sitting or standing.

Reposition your own neck.
Avoid bending your neck to look down at your instrument. Your neck and spine work three times as hard when your nock is bent down. Reduce the strain-and increase your energy-by keeping your head up.

Change your left-hand fingering.
Session superstar Carol Kaye studied the fingering styles of many bass players; she determined a great deal of the twisting and stretching that leads to sweuing of the carpal tunnel can he avoided by a simple left-hand system that can be seen in her videos or at her Web site. (See the end of this article.) "By using the 4th finger instead of the 3rd, your left wrist doesn't have to turn sideways to accommodate the positionâ€


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I lost you after "Found this article . . ." :wink:


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ROTFLMAO! :lol: :lol: :lol:


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That's good stuff, especially considering the wrist injuries. 8)

Thanks Robbie Rhoades


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So beer--alcohol being a vaso-dialator--would be good...as long as someone else raised the can?

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DCinFrance wrote:
So beer--alcohol being a vaso-dialator--would be good...as long as someone else raised the can?


Of course, goes without saying.


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You expect us to read all of that????

Why don't you read it into your G and then post it so we can listen to it? (Read us a story, Robbie).

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Now THAT is a good idea.

A forum consisting of wav files only! :lol:

Actually it is a good subject. One would assume that the G is only for music, but how about story telling? Each vocal actor on his/her own track?

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