The occurrence of performance-related injury in music therapists
Yovich, Alice Griessel
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The purpose of this study is to discover the prevalence of performance-related job injury in the music therapy industry. Many musicians are prone to injury as they play instruments for many hours each day. Two-hundred music therapists from the National Association for Music Therapy were randomly chosen to be subjects for this survey. They were mailed questionnaires addressing demographics, frequency and severity of injuries, and whether or not they sought medical attention. The results were analyzed by frequencies, means, and correlations of responses when appropriate. Sixty-one percent of those surveyed responded. The results showed that 35% had experienced pain and/or injury at some point in their careers. However, only 35% of those therapists sought medical attention.