Are music students fit to play? A case study of health awareness and injury attitudes amongst tertiary student cellists

Rickert, Dale L.L., Barrett, Margaret S. and Ackermann, Bronwen J. (2015) Are music students fit to play? A case study of health awareness and injury attitudes amongst tertiary student cellists. International Journal of Music Education, 33 4: 426-441. doi:10.1177/0255761415582343


Author Rickert, Dale L.L.
Barrett, Margaret S.
Ackermann, Bronwen J.
Title Are music students fit to play? A case study of health awareness and injury attitudes amongst tertiary student cellists
Journal name International Journal of Music Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1744-795X
0255-7614
Publication date 2015-11-13
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0255761415582343
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 33
Issue 4
Start page 426
End page 441
Total pages 16
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Injury risks associated with musical performance continue to be a serious problem for professional and student musicians. Much research has focused on the incidence and severity of these problems yet less information is available on the potential influence of health awareness and attitudes to injuries in these populations. This study aimed to investigate health awareness and attitudes to injury amongst Australian music students. Using a qualitative case study methodology, in-depth semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 11 student cellists. Further interviews were undertaken with 10 orchestral cellists and five orchestral management staff as a means of triangulating student data. All data were analysed using a “themes-based” analysis of narrative approach. Findings indicated that in comparison to professional cellists students demonstrated poor health awareness and behaviours such as playing through pain and inaction in response to injury. Analysis of the combined interview data (student, professional and management) suggest that there is poor health awareness and knowledge of injury prevention strategies at all levels of education and training. All three participant groups felt that changes needed to be made to current music education practices and that health education should be integrated into core curriculum.
Keyword Health awareness
Injury prevention
Music education
Playing-related injury
Student health behaviours
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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