Archive for Drum Magazine

My achy fingers, what does it mean?

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 4,610 Comments

Repetitively gripping drum sticks or striking a drum with our hands can lead to a number of injuries to the fingers, joints, tendons and muscles within the hand which can eventually lead to arthritis. Drummers and hand percussionists can develop pain in the palm of their hands or within the small joints of the fingers, [...]

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My Achy Thumbs

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 134 Comments

As we all know, drumming can take its toll on hands, especially if you are a hand percussionists. Over the past few months I have had an increasing number of drummers consulting me for an evaluation of their hands and fingers due to pain. Repetitive gripping or striking a drum with our hands can lead [...]

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No Pain – No Gain

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 2,574 Comments

Becoming an accomplished drummer requires hours of demanding practice, performing the same repetitive activity over and over again. This allows us to develop the necessary muscle memory to perform this very demanding and dynamic activity. To be a competent drummer, requires a tremendous amount of muscle conditioning, endurance, strength and coordination. Traumatic injuries sustained by [...]

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Not Feeling So Much of that Vibe!

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 161 Comments

Last month I wrote about the many effects of vibration on the body and on the arms and hands. Drummers are particularly susceptible to vibration and it’s effects in a number of places, through there feet, seat and through there hands and wrists. The effects of vibration exposure in the hands and wrists are well [...]

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Oh My Aching Shoulder

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 2,487 Comments

Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to care for a number of legendary drummers with shoulder pain. The causes of shoulder pain in drummers can vary. The most common causes however are due to repetitive overhead activity such as reaching for a high crash cymbal or reaching behind the shoulder to [...]

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Overuse Injuries In Drummers

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 3,453 Comments

Drumming is a very demanding and dynamic activity requiring a tremendous amount of muscle conditioning, endurance, strength and coordination. To become a great drummer we must practice long hours, performing the same repetitive activity over and over again to develop the necessary muscle memory to perform night after night.  While the rate of traumatic injuries [...]

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Stretches for Drummers

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 4,895 Comments

The value of a proper warm-up routine prior to athletic competition or practice has been recognized as an optimal method of preventing injury during athletic activity. Musicians, particularly drummers, must also appropriately prepare to perform as well. Pre-participation warm-up, including stretching and flexibility exercises, is a common practice for athletes; however, few musicians realize the [...]

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This is a Real Pain in the Butt

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 140 Comments

Recently I received an email from a DRUM reader in Italy asking for some medical advice for treating an embarrassing problem. He was not able to sit on the thrown of his kit because of a painful problem that he had developed called hemorrhoids. At first it seemed strange to me as a novas drummer [...]

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Warm-up and Cool Down Pre and Post Performance Recommendations

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 150 Comments

Despite the understandable anticipation a musician experiences before a performance and the drained and tiered feeling felt after a performance, our actions preceding and immediately following the performance can drastically determine our musical fate. The potential preventative benefits of a proper warm-up and cool down routine cannot be over emphasized. The value of a proper [...]

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We are what we eat-Simple Nutritional Tips To Keep Us at Our Peak

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 748 Comments

It is well know that the hour kept by musicians can be grueling. Limited sleep, long hours, lack of exercise and poor eating habits can lead to disaster. Drumming is a physically demanding activity requiring adequate intake of calories (food) and fluid.  Good nutrition is an important component of staying healthy and is manifest in [...]

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