Pattern Overload is a concept I learned about when studying strength training. I think it applies to violinists just as much as any athlete. Let me know what you think.
I am unable to understand how strength training is needed for playing the violin. As the student learns to play the instrument (preferably under a teacher who knows their job) the necessary muscles will develop to cope as nature intended - which doesn't take long.
Yes, our problems are with tendons and ligaments rather than muscles.
Apart for his use of language, I do agree with the basic concept; there are certain patterns of muscle (and tendon) engagement in violin / viola playing.
I've done violin playing and strength training for a long time now. There are definite parallels between the two regarding basic precautions to take to avoid pattern overload and stay as injury free as possible -- e.g., proper warm-up, posture, form, avoidance of overtraining/over-practicing.
He is absolutely right. You do not need to further exercise the muscles that lift your arms if you play the violin all day. If you are lifting the arms all day those muscles are strong enough. What you need to exercise is the muscles that keep the arm (the shoulder joint) DOWN i.e. rotator cuff exercises etc.
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