I have been playing drums since I was 12 years old. I decided late in life to become a professional percussionist and with this thesis I will be finishing my master’s studies. I started music university when I was 25 years old and have always been both the oldest and the one furthest behind in my studies. This increased my work ethic in the practice room in order to overcome my deficiencies. However, with too much practice the risk of performance injuries increases.
During my playing career, I have dealt with several hand injuries which in the past five year have forced me to take almost twelve months off from playing. My injuries have included tendonitis of the wrist, cubital tunnel syndrome, ganglion cyst and general muscle tension. My original injury was due to overuse which led to a repetitive strain injury (RSI). This resulted in tendonitis of the wrist related to improper playing technique. The injury was quite severe and led to immobalization of the wrist for two weeks. The recovery was slow and unfortunately managed improperly.
To this day I am still dealing with the aftermath of that injury. In the years that followed, I developed a ganglion on the same hand which together with my acute tendonitis led to further complications. Later, I developed a golfer's elbow (lateral epicondylitis) both on my right and left elbow during the preparation of my bachelor recital.
During all of this, I felt that while everyone was very understanding of the fat that my playing and practice time had to be limited, no one had clear information how to help my recovery. During my recovery period many people have offered their advice which has sometimes useful but mostly confusing. Having to deal with an injury is difficult enough, one should not have to find their own way with diagnosis and recovery.
My personal experience has motivated me to research performance related injuries.