a poster on youtube raised this issue.
on v.com this issue has been discussed in the past, on the link between high bow arm and rotator cuff injury. when i read into it more, there seems to be other factors at play as well. for instance, besides a "pure" injury from violin playing overuse ( which may not be easy to pin down if you have lived your lives fully for 50-60 years), there are many cases of preexisting shoulder problems, from degeneration to trauma that are aggrevated by continued violin bowing. further, studies have shown that some individuals have pre-existing more hooked bony acromion process which tends to impinge on the rotator cuff tendon in a more threatening way.
with my kid, actually her current teacher has made the point of asking her to raise her arm more---gasp:). i have always wondered about this, but since i am nobody, it is almost pointless to challenge the teacher's wisdom, which, paradoxically, i happen to do quite well, if not too often, on v.com:). then, with laurie's interview with mr ehnes, there is a mention of maintaining an individual's physical style, if i am not mistaken, and that some teachers are more liberal to go along with the students' tendencies which may not be the "norm", as long as,,,
my kid currently has no pains or sores anywhere, except perhaps headaches when daddy suggests it is time to practice instead of watching spongebob. how would you approach this going forward, considering the teacher is for the higher arm and the anecdotes and literature suggest higher risk and that in the field of violin players, there is a gamut of bow arm levels, even among the greats? one thing to bear in mind is that she has been playing golf intensely for some time, so her shoulder and arm muscles are probably more developed than average. i have wondered that perhaps her higher level of physical reserve may allow her to do questionable things on the violin without much symptoms. imo, in terms of risk of physical injury, esp to the rotator cuff, i think golf is much more dangerous, especially at her swing speed. so how do we live dangerously in a safer way?
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