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Document ID (ISN)109175
CIS number 09-80
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bruno S., Lorusso A., L'Abbate N.
Title Playing-related disabling musculoskeletal disorders in young and adult classical piano students
Bibliographic information July 2008, Vol.81, No.7, p.855-860. 29 ref.
Abstract To determine the prevalence of instrument-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in classical piano students, a specially-developed questionnaire was administered to students of two conservatories in Italy. A total of 195 out of the 224 piano students responded (87%). Among 195 responders, 38.4% were considered affected according to the pre-established criteria. Prevalence rates of disabling MSDs in the affected group were 29.3% for the neck, 21.3% for the thoracic spine and from 20.0 to 30.4% for the upper limbs. Statistical analyses showed significant effects for age, number of hours per week spent playing, more than 60min of continuative playing without breaks, lack of sport practice and acceptability of the "no pain, no gain" criterion among MSD-affected pianists compared those not affected. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Italy; musculoskeletal diseases; young persons; risk factors; musicians
Descriptors (secondary) symptoms; spinal column; neck disorders; questionnaire survey; upper extremity disorders; age-linked differences; statistical evaluation; frequency rates; cross-sectional study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Entertainment services and sports
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system