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Practicing Safe Trad: Why Existing Approaches to Playing-related Musculoskeletal Disorders May Not Help the Irish Traditional Music Community

Doherty, Liz, Wilson, I. M. and McKeown, LP (2013) Practicing Safe Trad: Why Existing Approaches to Playing-related Musculoskeletal Disorders May Not Help the Irish Traditional Music Community. Med Probl Perform Art, 28 (4). pp. 181-187. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Playing-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMDs) as they affect the Irish traditional music community is a topic which, to date, has received scant attention. The paper draws on data generated through series of four focus-group interview studies conducted at the universities of Ulster and Limerick and involving 22 musicians. Specifically, this paper looks atthe wider issue of identity within the Irish traditional music community and at how the complexities inherent in this have, perhaps, affected musicians in recognizing, relating to, and dealing with PRMDs. Whether or not the injuries affecting Irish traditional musicians are similar to or different from what other musicians experience, what this study shows is that the sense of self and discrete identity among the Irish traditional music community is so very strong that a “one size fits all” approach to addressing these issues is not likely to yield positive results. Health professionals therefore need to be sensitive to such factors when considering their management of PRMDs and to develop approaches along with the traditional music community that are cognisant of their identity as well as their needs.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute
ID Code:28869
Deposited By: Dr Iseult Wilson
Deposited On:20 Mar 2014 11:43
Last Modified:17 Apr 2014 09:50

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