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Assessing posture while playing in musicians – A systematic review

Rousseau, C, Taha, L, Barton, GJ, Garden, P and Baltzopoulos, V (2022) Assessing posture while playing in musicians – A systematic review. Applied Ergonomics, 106. ISSN 0003-6870

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Introduction: Playing a musical instrument can potentially lead to musculoskeletal disorders. Postural loads are different considering the instrument they play; for example violin and flute require elevation from both upper limbs, asymmetrical postures are common and instrument weight can be significant. The aim was to explore how musicians’ postures are investigated, and potentially if there is evidence of an association between postural impairments and pain. Methods: A systematic search was performed in several databases, combined with manual search. Study inclusion, data extraction and quality assessment were performed independently by two reviewers. Results: Twenty seven relevant studies were included in this review covering musicians with the full range of playing experience (professionals, students, teachers, amateurs). The main considered methods to investigate postures are visual assessment and three dimensional analysis using videography. Discussion: This review provides a synthesis of the different methods used to monitor posture in musicians and provides information in order to build protocols which will allow comparison with previous work.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Musicians; Playing-related musculoskeletal disorders; Posture; Prevention; Human Factors; 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences; 1116 Medical Physiology; 1203 Design Practice and Management
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier BV
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2022 09:08
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2022 09:15
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.apergo.2022.103883
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17585
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