Prevalence of Pain and Injury Related to Conducting

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Spring 2012

Project Description/Abstract

Research into physical ailments relating to musical performance (e.g., tendonitis, tinnitus, temporomandibular joint disorder) has become an important avenue of study. Much of this research is related to instrumental/vocal musical practice and performance. However, studies regarding the potential physical consequences of conducting are few and far between – most centered on the effects of loud music on hearing. This study (in the form of an online survey) will conduct the first epidemiological survey of instrumental conductors to provide information on working conditions, injury and types of remedial care currently being employed in the profession. Insights gained from this study will lead to methods of training conductors that reduces the risk of injury.

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