Vera Baadjou is medical specialist in physical medicine & rehabilitation. She specialized in the treatment of musicians with musculoskeletal complaints.
Vera works for RAP (Revalideren, Activeren, Participeren), a small-scale rehabilitation practise located in Heerlen, Brunssum, Kerkrade and Maasbracht.
Vera defended her PhD thesis in 2018 entitled: “Prevention of musculoskeletal complaints in musicians”. She conducts scientific research with the goal to ameliorate health of musicians together with a team of international researchers. Vera is a member of the Dutch Performing Arts Medicine Association. She plays the flugelhorn.
Music-making is an athletic endeavour consisting of complex, integrated physical and mental processes. Highly prevalent complaints are pain, tinglings, numbness, or lack of control over muscles. Vera will lecture during the festival on the biology of playing: what is the physical load on the body? What muscles are used during playing and what is the role of body posture, hand position, etc.? What is the current state of science regarding healthy music making? How to prevent complaints?