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Effectiveness of a Prophylactic Course to Prevent Playing-related Health Problems of Music Students

Claudia Spahn, Horst Hildebrandt, Karin Seidenglanz
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 16 Number 1: Page 24 (March 2001)

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Abstract: The goal of the present study was to investigate the effectiveness of a course offered to students at the Zürich Conservatory for the prevention of playing-related health problems. It was hypothesized that the course offered would have a positive effect (1) on the psychological and physical health of the music students, and (2) on their work as musicians in training. Twenty-two musicians each in the test and control groups participated in an evaluation study with pre and post measurements. The students had to fill in questionnaires before the beginning and at the end of the course. Throughout the semester, the test group was offered a weekly course in "Physiology of Music and Performing Arts Medicine," consisting of a double hour combining lectures and practical exercises with preventive topics relevant to musicians. Based on the pre-to-post measurements in the test group, playing-related symptoms, general symptom frequency, and emotional disturbances and anxiety level decreased; general coping with work as a musician and security in performance situations improved. The effects measured in this study need to be confirmed by further studies with a randomized design

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