Medical Problems of Performing Artists
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Primary bowing tremor: a task-specific movement disorder of string instrumentalists.
Fear of a tremulous or unsteady bow is widespread among string instrumentalists. Faulty technique and performance anxiety have generally been blamed. The cases of 4 high-level violinists and 1 violist, 3 women and 2 men, with uncontrollable bow tremor are presented. Age at onset was from 16 to 75 ye...
Development of a new instrument for measuring the musculoskeletal load and physical health of professional orchestral musicians.
To develop questionnaire and physical examination instruments that could be used by researchers and clinicians to undertake a detailed baseline assessment of professional orchestral musicians. The final instruments were based on a combination of areas of interest to the musicians, areas of interest...
Qualitative research in performing arts medicine.
Artists and althletes.
Quantifying the physical demands of a musical performance and their effects on performance quality.
This study investigated the effects of fatigue on performance quality induced by a prolonged musical performance. Ten participants prepared 10 min of repertoire for their chosen wind instrument that they played three times consecutively. Prior to the performance and within short breaks between perfo...
Contributions of muscle fatigue to a neuromuscular neck injury in female ballroom dancers.
We did not find the etiology of this neck injury, this was the first research into this injury. Future research could study the different IM dances, compare different competition levels, or the amount of force placed on the neck when dancing....
Music performance anxiety--part 1. A review of its epidemiology.
Music performance anxiety (MPA) affects many individuals regardless of age, gender, experience, and hours of practice. In order to better understand the epidemiology of MPA, a review of the literature was done. Sixteen articles, meeting EBM criteria, were identified and analyzed. Children rarely suf...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart--controversies regarding his illnesses and death: a bibliographic review.
More has been written about Mozart's illnesses and death than for any other composer. An exploration of PAMA's Bibliography of Performing Arts Medicine provides the data for this review. The bibliography contained 136 entries that pertained to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Of these, 81 were available to t...
Evidence of noise-induced hearing loss in young people studying popular music.
The number of students studying popular music, music technology, and sound engineering courses at both school and university to has increased rapidly in the last few years. These students are generally involved in music-making/recording and listening to a high level, usually in environments with amp...