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Cardiac Response During Trumpet Playing

Donald U. Robertson, Lynda Federoff, Kevin E. Eisensmith
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 25 Number 1: Page 16 (March 2010)

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Abstract: Heart rate, heart rate variability, stroke volume, and cardiac output were measured while six college students and six professionals played trumpet. One-minute rest periods were followed by 1 minute of playing exercises designed to assess the effects of pitch and articulation. Heart rate and heart rate variability increased during playing, but stroke volume decreased. Changes in heart rate between resting and playing were greater for students, although beat-to-beat variability was larger for professionals in the upper register. These results suggest that expertise is characterized by greater physiological efficiency.

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