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Document ID (ISN)109597
CIS number 09-606
ISSN - Serial title 1745-6673 - Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Iñesta C., Terrados N., García D., Pérez J.A.
Title Heart rate in professional musicians
Bibliographic information July 2008, Vol.3, No.16, 11p. Illus. 22 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract The purpose of this study was to analyse the heart rate (HR) of professional musicians during their work. Sixty-two volunteer professional musicians (20 women, 42 men), aged between 15 and 71 years were tested using pulsometers while playing their instruments in real life situations, namely during rehearsals, practice and public concerts. Mean and maximum HRs were 72% and 85% of the maximum theoretical heart rate, respectively. Cardiac oxygen demand was found to be significantly higher in concerts than in rehearsals while performing the same work. It is higher than previously described and much greater than what would be expected from a supposedly sedentary activity.
Descriptors (primary) pulse rate; cardiovascular function tests; musicians
Descriptors (secondary) Spain; physical workload; assessment of physical capacity; oxygen consumption monitoring; heart rate monitoring
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSpain
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Entertainment services and sports
Cardiovascular diseases