In the upcoming academic year, the CWA will offer the following services:

  • Injury prevention sessions with certified athletic trainers
  • Performance anxiety workshops with health scientists
  • Nutrition and weight management training with registered dietitians
  • Agility and mobility training with exercise scientists
  • Baseline hearing assessments, vocal education and treatment with speech-language pathologists
  • Vision training to improve reaction times in performances with exercise physiologists

“Over 150 performing arts students utilized the training provided by the Center for Wellness in the Arts and each of them said they saw improvements in their craft, whether it was more agility on stage or less anxiety when performing,” Don Van Horn, dean of the College of Arts and Media said. “We could see a difference on stage during the performance of Cabaret this past spring after our theatre students went through the CWA’s conditioning program. Just after three weeks, we were able to see a difference in their hip flexor mobility, upper body strength and overall physical activity. Thanks to the work done by both colleges, we now have measurable outcomes that show us exactly how successful this project has been.”

This is just the beginning of what the CWA has to offer its students, according to Dr. Michael Prewitt, dean of the College of Health Professions.

“Marshall University will continue to offer this destination program for students interested in improving health and wellness within their given professions,” Prewitt said. “We believe that by incorporating health and wellness training as a necessary element into our degree programs, we convey the idea that this type of training isn’t optional. It remains an integral part of a process, which makes it possible for dancers, actors, musicians and all artists to reach and maintain their highest levels of performance.”