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Postural problems in the left shoulder of an orchestral trombonist

Price, K. and Watson, Alan Hugh David 2011. Postural problems in the left shoulder of an orchestral trombonist. Work 40 (3) , pp. 317-324.

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Professional musicians require a disciplined and balanced regime of practise and performance to enable them to cope with the physical challenges of their chosen instrument and to reduce the risk of work- related injury. If practise or performance strategies are suddenly changed, permanent damage may occur even in a player with a mature, well-established technique. The trombone presents unique physical challenges which are heightened by recent developments in instrumental design as well as by orchestral working conditions. This study presents the experiences of a professional orchestral trombonist who worked as a principal player in a UK orchestra until his performing career was cut short by a performance related injury. His personal approach to practise is discussed in the context of the physical and professional challenges associated with contemporary orchestral practices. The case study demonstrates the importance of considering the interplay between psychological and physical factors in the development and treatment of injury in musicians.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Publisher: IOS Press
ISSN: 1051-9815
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