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Document ID (ISN)106445
CIS number 07-488
ISBN(s) 978-2-89631-051-7
Year 2006
Convention or series no. Etudes et Recherches R-465
Author(s) Teasdale N., Simoneau M., Leclerc N., Stuber U., Berrigan F.
Title Evaluation of the efficiency of an ergonomic stool for stringed instrument musicians: Analysis of postural stability and the activity of the postural muscles of the pelvis and trunk
Original title Evaluation de l'efficacité d'un tabouret ergonomique chez des instrumentistes à cordes - Analyse de la stabilité posturale et de l'activité de muscles posturaux du bassin et du tronc [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, 2006. v, 34p. Illus. 34 ref. Price: CAD 7.00. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
Internet access http://www.irsst.qc.ca/files/documents/PubIRSST/R-465.pdf [in French]
Abstract Since stringed instrument musicians have to maintain a static sitting posture, they frequently suffer from musculoskeletal disorders. This report describes the design and evaluation of a stool that allows a dynamic sitting posture. The postural stability and muscular activity of violinists and violists were evaluated using a standard stool and this new stool. The new stool was found to reduce the amplitude and frequency of trunk movements. It is suggested that the ergonomic stool be integrated into the regular practices of musicians so that they adopt postures that minimize excessive and inappropriate trunk movements and reduce the probability of incidence of low back pain.
Descriptors (primary) sitting posture; body mechanics; musicians; seats
Descriptors (secondary) report; musculoskeletal diseases; ergonomics; design of equipment; backache; ergonomic evaluation; lumbar column
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Ergonomics
Entertainment services and sports
Work posture