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

Mark Porter, Iseult Wilson, Liz Doherty, Justin Magee

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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 questionnaire was developed and administered to faculty and students related to all Irish traditional music courses in all higher education institutions in Ireland. RESULTS: Seven institutions were included. There was a response rate of 77.5% (n=79 of 102 possible respondents). A fifth of respondents 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 festivals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-57
JournalMedical Problems of Performing Artists
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2018

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