Creator

Xin Jing

Advisor

Hall, James

Committee Member

Reddick, Carissa

Committee Member

Alvarez, Euridice

Committee Member

Luttmann, Stephen

Department

School of Music Flute Performance

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

5-2018

Extent

95 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

In music, overuse injury is a common problem that is insufficiently addressed by many instrumentalists. Research has shown a significant number of flutists have suffered from overuse-related injuries. If flutists become cognizant of the anatomy, alignment, and function in their fingers, hands, and wrists, they will recognize how practicing wisely can prevent injuries. By incorporating informed, preventative measures into practice routines, the need for treatment is unnecessary or minimized. However, in current literature, there is a lack of research pertaining to physical causes and prevention of overuse injuries for this population and this issue. In this dissertation, the author delves in to the mechanical organization of the flutists’ hand and wrist to investigate how the anatomy of involved muscles and tendons work during flute playing. This is followed by an analysis of the physical causes of overuse injuries on these body parts. This project also introduces a framework for practice routines, which target every muscle group used for playing the flute, and suggests methods to improve hand and wrist strength and flexibility based on the training models of professional athletes. Through the combination of these aspects it is possible to lower the risk of flutists developing practice-related injuries.

Degree type

PhD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Local Identifiers

Jing_unco_0161D_10636

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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