Physical therapist Erin Hayden talks about preventing injuries for musicians

Brittany Seits, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission for USC Thornton, recently published an interview at MajoringInMusic with physical therapist, Dr. Erin Hayden, on the topic of “Preventing injury for instrumental musicians.”

An instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy at USC’s Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, Dr. Hayden relates the repetitive physical stresses experienced by a practicing or performing musician with those of the athletes in training. “Imagine training for a marathon,” Hayden advises. “You wouldn’t go from running 13 miles to running 26 miles overnight. So if you have a big audition, concert, or festival coming up, don’t try and train for it overnight!”

Dr. Hayden also offered advice on subjects of interest to musicians, such as tendinitis, strength training, and alertness to injuries that may develop over time.

For more information about Health & Wellness resources for USC Thornton students, visit

TAGS: Classical Division, Classical Performance and Composition, Contemporary Music, Contemporary Music Division, Research and Scholarly Studies,