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The extent of playing-related musculoskeletal problems (PRMDs) in the Irish traditional music community. A Survey

Porter, Mark, Wilson, Iseult M., Doherty, Liz and Magee, Justin (2018) The extent of playing-related musculoskeletal problems (PRMDs) in the Irish traditional music community. A Survey. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 33 (1). pp. 49-57. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Background: The literature related to Playing-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMDs) primarily includes classical musicians and instrument-specific studies. Previous work by our team identified that PRMDs are an issue for Irish traditional fiddle players, however, the extent of the problem was not known. Objective: To identify the type and extent of PRMDs in the Irish traditional music population, specifically, fiddle players. Methods: A bespoke questionnaire was developed and administered to the faculty and students related to all the Irish traditional music courses in all the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) on the island of Ireland. Results: Seven HEIs were included. There was a response rate of 77.5% (n = 79). A fifth of respondants never had a PRMD, 36.7% (n = 29) currently had a PRMD and 34.2% (n = 27) had a previous experience of a PRMD. The main symptoms were pain (62%, n = 49), stiffness (41.8%, n = 33) and tingling (35.4%, n = 28). There was a positive association between the development of PRMDs and increased hours of play (p = 0.017). Conclusions: PRMDs are a problem for Irish traditional fiddle players, especially during times of intense playing such as during festivals.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:PRMDs, musculoskeletal injuries, musicians
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Future and Virtual Worlds
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute
Art and Design Research Institute
ID Code:39206
Deposited By: Dr Iseult Wilson
Deposited On:28 Jan 2018 09:35
Last Modified:07 Mar 2019 23:23

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