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Musician health and safety: preventing playing-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Authors
Foxman-I; Burgel-BJ
Source
AAOHN J 2006 Jul; 54(7):309-316
NIOSHTIC No.
20037250
Abstract
Musicians are exposed to high-risk musculoskeletal activities such as repetition, hours of exposure, and awkward postures when playing instruments. These activities may result in playing-related musculoskeletal disorders. Musicians often work part-time or seasonally or are self-employed. Thus, they may be uninsured or underinsured and may delay seeking care for these painful and potentially disabling conditions. Prevention of playing-related musculoskeletal disorders includes identification of both intrinsic (e.g., musician strength and flexibility) and extrinsic (e.g., musician posture while playing an instrument) factors involved in the interface between musicians and their instruments and the playing environment (e.g., rest breaks or hours of practice). Student occupational health nurse practitioners in this pilot project performed outreach and comprehensive screening and treatment for a small group of musicians diagnosed as having playing-related musculoskeletal disorders. Tendon and nerve gliding exercises were a key component of the treatment plan.
Keywords
Biological-effects; Ergonomics; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Hand-injuries; Health-care-personnel; Health-hazards; Injury-prevention; Medical-monitoring; Medical-personnel; Medical-services; Medical-surveys; Medical-treatment; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Neurological-system; Physiological-effects; Physiological-response; Reproductive-effects; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Seasonal-activity; Seasonal-factors; Statistical-analysis; Work-practices; Musicians
CODEN
AAJOEP
Publication Date
20060701
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008429
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
0891-0162
Source Name
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California, Berkeley
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