Mel Ragge is both a musician and a notable name in Performing Arts Medicine alongside Sarah Upjohn. Both have chosen to focus on developing techniques in strain injury prevention. These sessions follow a longitudinal study of Purcell Oboists conducted by Mel. The study found that the use of EMG and biofeedback was able to reduce unnecessary neck and abdominal tension by around 50% in our young musicians.
Additionally, William Ring from Howarths visited the school on the same day, to get feedback from Purcell School oboists about a new oboe design for students with smaller hands; his ideas look really promising, and Purcellian oboists were rather excited to play a part in ‘road testing’ new ideas. They were also able to use EMG to see whether the more comfortable design helped to lessen stress on the thumb and wrist muscles.