Presenter: Dr. Jeff Russell
Musicians undergo high physical demands and are prone to injury. As future professional musicians and music teachers, university music majors deserve the same specialized healthcare offered to intercollegiate athletes. They also should develop good habits in health and wellness that they can carry forward to their profession. For just these reasons, Ohio University has a performing arts medicine program that was designed and is now led by Dr. Jeff Russell. Called Science and Health in Artistic Performance, or SHAPe, the initiative comprises clinical care, research, and education components. This webinar will focus primarily on the clinical care aspect. A practical outline will be presented that shows how a team of athletic trainers interfaces with the performing arts faculty and students to offer high quality care for injuries and other conditions. Alternate models for providing care to university musicians will be discussed, as well, all with the objective of helping you develop strategies for creating a similar program at your university.
Dr. Jeff Russell serves as Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and Director of Science and Health in Artistic Performance (SHAPe) at Ohio University, where he leads a multi-faceted performing arts medicine initiative he designed for the university’s dance, music, theater, and marching band programs. Dr. Russell, a certified and licensed athletic trainer, has 35 years of experience in sports medicine, orthopaedics, and performing arts medicine. He earned his PhD in Dance Medicine and Science from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom, where he used x-rays and magnetic resonance imaging to explore the anatomy and motion of the ankle in female ballet dancers en pointe. His current research focus revolves around the medical aspects of performing arts, with a special emphasis on concussions in performing artists and sound levels and hearing protection for instrumental music. He regularly authors scientific journal articles and speaks frequently at national and international conferences. He is a Fellow of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science. For fun, Dr. Russell and his wife, Ruth, enjoy outdoor adventures, traveling, and cooking (especially ethnic dishes).