Medical Problems of Performing ArtistsMedical Problems of Performing Artists

Home | Current Issue | Archives | Subscriptions | Contact Us

Log In | Search | Author Index | About MPPA | Advertising

MPPA indexed by MEDLINE.

Physical characteristics and pain patterns of skilled violinists

Brownen J. Ackermann, Roger Adams
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 18 Number 2: Page 65 (June 2003)

View Full TextAdd To Basket

Abstract: This study evaluated the association between upper body physical measurements of skilled violin players and the presence and location of pain related to playing their instruments. To cover a range of playing styles and teaching backgrounds, volunteers were recruited from universities and orchestras. A group of 32 instrumentalists participated in this study and had their upper limb lengths and ranges of motion measured by a physiotherapist. Between-limb range comparisons revealed some significantly greater range measurements of the left hand compared with the right, which are hypothesized to represent an adaptation to years of instrument playing. Participants also completed questionnaires detailing the location and duration of any performance-related pains. Regression results identified physical attributes that may be risk factors in the development of pain problems in violin players with shorter arms. An implication of these findings is that players with right arms shorter than those of their peers may need to pay attention to the positioning of their head on the instrument and to overall instrument placement.

Back to Table of Contents



Science & Medicine, Inc.
P.O. Box 313, Narberth, PA 19072
(610) 660-8097       (800) 888-0028
fax (610) 660-0348
e-mail editor@sciandmed.com
See our other journal: Science & Medicine.
Home | Current Issue | Archives | Subscriptions | Contact Us

Log In | Search | Author Index | About MPPA | Advertising

Copyright © 2002-2017, Science & Medicine, Inc.

Powered by Pliner Solutions, Inc.
Web Development by Pliner Solutions, Inc.