Voice problems in the fitness industry: factors associated with chronic hoarseness

Rumbach, Anna, Khan, Asaduzzuman, Brown, Michaela, Eloff, Karra and Poetschke, Alexandra (2014) Voice problems in the fitness industry: factors associated with chronic hoarseness. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 17 5: 441-450. doi:10.3109/17549507.2014.987820

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Author Rumbach, Anna
Khan, Asaduzzuman
Brown, Michaela
Eloff, Karra
Poetschke, Alexandra
Title Voice problems in the fitness industry: factors associated with chronic hoarseness
Journal name International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1754-9507
Publication date 2014-12-18
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/17549507.2014.987820
Open Access Status
Volume 17
Issue 5
Start page 441
End page 450
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: To determine factors associated with chronic hoarseness in Australian group fitness instructors (GFIs).

Method: A total of 361 GFIs (81 males, 280 females), aged between 18–67 years currently active in the Australian fitness industry, completed a 65-item self-completion questionnaire distributed via SurveyMonkey. Demographic, lifestyle and voice use variables thought to influence vocal health and voice production in the GFI population were examined using logistic regression analyses. GFIs’ chronic hoarseness with response options “positive” and “negative” was considered as the outcome variable of interest.

Result: Approximately 39% of the study participants reported having chronic hoarseness. Multivariable logistic regression modelling revealed a set of statistically significant factors associated with chronic hoarseness. These include: younger age, partial voice loss while instructing, partial voice loss after instructing and using vocal volume louder than normal speaking voice whilst instructing.

Conclusion: This study has identified factors associated with the presentation of chronic hoarseness in the Australian GFI population. Prospective studies are required to validate the findings of this study in order to better understand predictive factors of chronic hoarseness among GFIs.
Keyword Voice
Professional issues
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Posted online on December 18, 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
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