Came across a good resource article from The Strad:

I do make it a point to stress to beginner students, and to remind advancing students, to be keenly aware of and avoid/reduce any form of physical tension.

The article provides a good, practical list of preventive measures to take.

Some points  that I thought are worth highlighting:

  • We must notice the subtle and not-so-subtle changes in our bodies so that we avoid injury.
  • Release at every opportunity, especially your fingers and thumbs. Don’t hold awkward positions.
  • Even while performing, you can keep tension at bay by rolling your shoulders, adjusting your seating, letting your arms hang down, and moving and wiggling whenever possible. (* note to self, especially for long rehearsals!)
  • Try to take some time off and examine what you might have done before pain sets in.
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