Tuba Playing and Health

Leitner, Monika; Eichelberger, Patric; König, Irene; Radlinger, Lorenz; von Steiger, Adrian; Martin, Rex (2020). Tuba Playing and Health ITEA Journal, 47(4), pp. 18-27.

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Playing a musical instrument involves complex motor skills. The daily training loads on the musculoskeletal systems of the body from playing the tuba at an elite level can be compared with those of elite athletes[1]. Complaints that result from playing an instrument are called performance-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMDs)[2, 3]. Not many of those are known in tuba players. Yet, a high percentage (84%) of professional orchestral musicians experience performance-impairing pain [3]. In tuba playing, it is not only the challenge of holding and stabilizing the heavy instrument, it is also awkward postures, the duration of the many daily hours of practicing time and the repetitive physical loads that might increase the risk for those complaints. Although these aspects sound similar to sports related complaints/injuries, the perspectives of prevention, health promotion and therapy management are [...]

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Journal Article (Original Article)


School of Health Professions
Bern Academy of the Arts
Bern Academy of the Arts > Institute Interpretation
School of Health Professions > Physiotherapy


Leitner, Monika0000-0003-2685-4605;
Eichelberger, Patric0000-0003-2223-6113;
König, Irene0000-0002-6032-0255;
Radlinger, Lorenz0000-0002-0326-6264;
von Steiger, Adrian and
Martin, Rex


M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology




Adrian von Steiger

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26 Oct 2020 12:31

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23 Mar 2023 09:44

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