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dc.contributor.authorCruder, Cinzia
dc.contributor.authorBarbero, Marco
dc.contributor.authorKoufaki, Pelagia
dc.contributor.authorSoldini, Emiliano
dc.contributor.authorGleeson, Nigel
dc.contributor.editorPan, Feng
dc.identifier.citationCruder, C., Barbero, M., Koufaki, P., Soldini, E. & Gleeson, N. (2020) Prevalence and associated factors of playing-related musculoskeletal disorders among music students in Europe. Baseline findings from the Risk of Music Students (RISMUS) longitudinal multicentre study. PLoS ONE 15(12):e0242660.
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dc.description.abstractMusculoskeletal (MSK) conditions among professional musicians and music students are frequent and may have significant physical and psychosocial consequences on their lives and/or on their playing abilities. The Risk of Music Students (RISMUS) research project was set up in 2018 to longitudinally identify factors associated with increased risk of playing-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMDs) in a large sample of music students enrolled in pan-European institutions. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to describe the prevalence of playing-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMDs) in this novel population at baseline of the RISMUS project. A further goal was to begin to identify variables that might be associated with the self-reported presence of PRMDs among music students. Eight hundred and fifty students from fifty-six conservatories and music universities in Europe completed a web-based questionnaire on lifestyle and physical activity participation levels, musical practice habits, health history and PRMDs, psychological distress, perfectionism and fatigue. A total of 560 (65%) out of 850 participants self-reported a positive history of painful MSK conditions in the last 12 months, 408 (48%) of whom self-reported PRMDs. Results showed that coming from West Europe, being a first- or a second-year Masters student, having more years of experience and higher rates of perceived exertion after 45 minutes of practice without breaks were factors significantly associated with self-reported presence of PRMDs. According to the authors’ knowledge, a large-scale multicentre study investigating prevalence and associated factors for PRMDs among music students at different stages of their education (from Pre-college to Masters levels) has not been conducted before. The high prevalence of PRMDs among music students, especially those studying at university-level, has been confirmed in this study and associated factors have been identified, highlighting the need for relevant targeted interventions as well as effective prevention and treatment strategies.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe research data reported in this article is part of RISMUS: A longitudinal investigation of the factors associated with increased RISk of playing-related musculoskeletal disorders in Music students, an investigation funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (grant ref. 10531C_182226) and supported by Queen Margaret University-Edinburgh for the fulfilment of a PhD research award. This funding source had no role in the design of this study and will not have any role during its execution, analysis and interpretation of the data.
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dc.rights© 2020 Cruder et al.
dc.subjectClinical Psychology
dc.subjectMusic Perception
dc.subjectMedical Risk Factors
dc.subjectPhysical Activity
dc.subjectHealth Education And Awareness
dc.subjectMaterial Fatigue
dc.titlePrevalence and associated factors of playing-related musculoskeletal disorders among music students in Europe. Baseline findings from the Risk of Music Students (RISMUS) longitudinal multicentre study
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
qmu.authorKoufaki, Pelagia
qmu.authorGleeson, Nigel
qmu.centreCentre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research

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