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Controversies Surrounding Misuse, Overuse, and Repetition in Musicians


Copyright 2024, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Winspur, I.
Journal Title: Hand Clinics
Date Published: May-03
Language: English
Category: Overuse Syndrome and Musculoskeletal Injuries
Key Words: musician overuse misuse wind instrument
Full Citation: Winspur, I. Controversies Surrounding 'Misuse,' 'Overuse,' and 'Repetition' in Musicians. Hand Clinics 19, no. 2 (May 2003): 325-9.
Full Abstract: Medical opinion remains divided on the existence of a specific medical entity of nonspecific arm pain produced by repetition. Controversy also exists in the pathophysiology of certain painful, anatomically defined medical conditions in the hand and arm and the role of repetition, cumulative trauma, and microtrauma in the development of these conditions. The flaws in science and the language are examined in this article, as are the results of a survey of Australian music students in comparison with nonmusic students, questioning accepted wisdom on repetitive strain injuries.