Musicians Health Research: Shoulder Blade Movements in Violinists and Violists

Be part of a new study examining shoulder blade movements in musicians. 

Dr Dickson Fung, MSc student in Performing Arts Medicine at University College London and postgraduate violin student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, is interested in comparing the shoulder blade movements of violinists and violists with those who do not play the instrument.

In this study, Dickson will be comparing shoulder blade movements in violinists and violists with other musicians, as well as non musicians – therefore it is most likely you can help!

Alternation in shoulder blade movement patterns (scapula dyskinesis) is thought to have a major impact in the biomechanics of the arm, which can lead to injury. This is thought to be common in violinists and violists, however there is no substantial research currently in this area.

Participants will be asked to fill in a short questionnaire, as well as to participate in a short observation of their shoulder blade movements by a health professional. This should take no more than 30-40 minutes.

If you are interested in taking part or want to know more, please contact:

Dr Dickson Fung, MSc in Performing Arts Medicine Candidate, UCL

e-mail: dickson.fung.12@ucl.ac.uk

The study will take part durng various dates in late February, March and in April.

This study is conducted as part of a MSc Dissertation at University College London, and approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee: Project ID: 5129/001. Participation is voluntary and you can leave the research at any time. If you agree to participate in the study, you will be given a detailed information sheet and a consent form.

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