Playing oboe in the middle school orchestra probably doesn’t give me enough experience to really weigh in this subject, but a Reuters Health article today does point out some interesting parallels between band members and athletes:
The physical challenges and demands of participating in a competitive high school marching band are similar to those experienced by athletes who compete in sports like football, according to research presented at the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting in Seattle.
Today, marching bands no longer just march in precision formation, study presenter Gary Granata, told Reuters Health. “In the past 20 years, marching bands have gone to these highly choreographed visual shows, where performers are literally running around the field at very high velocities with heavy instruments while playing very difficult passages.”
“At the top levels of marching band and drum corps, you get a level of competition and athleticism that is equal to a division I athletic program,” added Granata, an exercise physiologist, registered dietitian and owner of the New Orleans-based company PerformWell.
Based on an anonymous questionnaire regarding physical demands, challenges and injuries, common responses included fatigue, muscle soreness, and injuries – the same as those