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 Post subject: Effects of being a drum major
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:43 am 
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Can spinning and conducting and beating time hurt the shoulders and wrists ( like ligament damage ) since the movements are mainly in the shoulders and wrists?


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 Post subject: Re: Effects of being a drum major
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 6:01 pm 
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I have never had a drum major suffer from permanent injury to my knowledge but we only do field. I would suggest ensuring proper technique.

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 Post subject: Re: Effects of being a drum major
PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 12:24 am 
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I've been active in the community for 20 years, and so far I don't see any medical issues.

Proper stretching before and after any physical activity, as well as maintaining good techniques, like Mr. Stone mentioned, will help.

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 Post subject: Re: Effects of being a drum major
PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2015 2:13 pm 
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Nearly thirty years after I marched DM, I still find myself counting 6 paces before and after a designated line when I walk along a sidewalk. :oops:


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 Post subject: Re: Effects of being a drum major
PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:08 am 
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I have not been up here in awhile so whoever asked this question may have stopped "listening". That being said I do believe to some extent that I did suffer some damage to my shoulders due to my crazy conducting back in the 80's with the Velvet Knights. But I probably could have prevented the wear and tear by warming up properly and being more judicious with my enthusiasm.

I suffered minor pulls and strains from mace spinning, specifically in my forearms from doing rifle tosses or hand rolls. I didn't understand back then the power of WARMING UP.....go figure.

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