Analysis November 2023: Health awareness in the music industry

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A new report highlights the importance of health awareness for players, teachers and performing arts institutions – and reaches some startling conclusions

Researchers at the Berlin Centre for Musicians’ Medicine have published a review of the prevalence of playing-related medical problems in violinists. The review by the institution, part of the city’s Charité university hospital, pulled together 30 scientific papers exploring different playing-related conditions in a total of 6,010 musicians, including at least 920 violinists ( The studies cited in the review address conditions such as muscular disease, focal dystonia, hearing loss, fiddler’s neck (or violinist’s hickey) and allergic reactions. The review’s authors also consider how specific ailments and injuries are treated, and discuss the importance of preventive strategies and the need for more education of string students in basic anatomy and biomechanics…

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