Pilot Health Program at VanderCook

June 7, 2016 09:40 AM
Student health is a top priority at VanderCook. In January of this year, VanderCook started a pilot program to address health issues tailored to the needs of musicians. The program was sponsored by Professor Ruth Rhodes and is an expansion of our current injury prevention program. Kinesiotherapist.  Jon Kabance,  and executive director Ron Schakowsky from the Institute of Health and Human Performance (recently renamed Biokinetix) have customized a program for our students. In addition to helping students who were suffering from music related repetitive stress injuries of the hand, arm, and shoulder muscles,  the program now also includes a variety of other health-related issues.
Health and Wellness Program 
Medical personnel from BioKinetix will provide the following injury prevention and well-being services to the entire student body:
On site Aches and Pain Mitigation (EIP or Early Injury Program) - once a week 30 minutes before seminar to meet privately with students who need advice and/or recommendations.
WOW1™ (Walk Off With One) development and presentation – one health-related tip per week during the first 10 minutes of seminar
Topics will be chosen by us but can include:
  • Nutrition
  • Stress
  • Substance abuse
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Aches and pains hotline for students 
  • VanderCook instructors will include exercises in classes using the WOW device.
Below are some of the presentations made throughout the semester.  The program proved to be a great sucess and is expected to continue in the fall.





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