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Repetitive stress and strain injuries: preventive exercises for the musician.

Division of Structural Biology Colleges of Osteopathic and Human Medicine, Michigan State University, A514D East Fee Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America (Impact Factor: 1.09). 12/2006; 17(4):827-42. DOI: 10.1016/j.pmr.2006.07.005
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ABSTRACT There are many articles that support stretching, strengthening, good nutrition, hydration, rest, and ergonomics along with many other concepts that may be helpful in preventing repetitive stress injuries. The most conclusive literature proposes early recognition of onset symptoms, and immediate reduction or cessation of the casual activity. This is not well accepted by the musician, because this means an interruption of practice and performance. Just like any worker or athlete at risk for RSI, however, the musician must learn to recognise early signs and take the steps to limit damage to muscular and neural tissues. More studies are needed to provide evidence for effective treatment and prevention of RSI.

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