J. Matt McCrary

J. Matt McCrary
Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover | hmtmh · Institute of Music Physiology and Musician’s Medicine

BS/BFA, PhD

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Introduction
Multidisciplinary researcher with diverse expertise in music physiology, exercise science, clinical research, and music performance. Current research aims to better understand the physiologic effects of playing and listening to music to: 1) inform healthier and more productive practice planning in high-level musicians; and 2) determine how playing and listening to music can be used to reduce non-communicable disease risk (e.g. cancer; heart disease) in the general population.
Additional affiliations
March 2019 - present
UNSW Sydney
Position
  • Adjunct Lecturer
October 2017 - February 2019
UNSW Sydney
Position
  • Research Officer
September 2015 - October 2017
UNSW Sydney
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
July 2013 - April 2017
The University of Sydney
Field of study
  • Biomedical Sciences
September 2007 - May 2012
University of Michigan
Field of study
  • Movement Science / Jazz Percussion Performance

Publications

Publications (26)
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Warm-up is commonly recommended for injury prevention and performance enhancement across all activities, yet this recommendation is not supported by evidence for repetitive submaximal activities such as instrumental music performance. Quantify the effects of cardiovascular, core muscle, and musical warm-ups on muscle activity levels, musical perfor...
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Purpose Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) affects up to 40% of cancer survivors and is associated with functional deficits and an increased falls incidence. There are presently no strongly recommended treatment strategies for CIPN. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of a multimodal exercise intervention on CIPN symptom...
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Research demonstrates that both music-making and music listening have an ability to modulate autonomic nervous system activity. The majority of studies have highlighted acute autonomic changes occurring during or immediately following a single session of music engagement. Several studies also suggest that repeated music-making and listening may hav...
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IMPORTANCE: Increasing evidence supports the ability of music to broadly promote well-being and health-related quality of life (HRQOL). However, the magnitude of music's positive association with HRQOL is still unclear, particularly relative to established interventions, limiting inclusion of music interventions in health policy and care. OBJECTIV...
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Background: Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) persists after treatment in up to 40% of cancer survivors and has been linked with increased balance deficits, disabilities, and fall occurrences. This study aimed to comprehensively assess the links between CIPN, balance deficits, and functional disability and to inform the development...
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Background/aims High occupational injury rates are reported in musicians, with a career prevalence of up to 89%. Fatigue and playing (over)load are identified as key risk factors for musicians’ injuries. Self-report fatigue management strategies in sport have demonstrated preventive effects. A self-report fatigue management tool for musicians was d...
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Background/Aims: High occupational injury rates are reported in musicians, with a career prevalence of up to 89%. Fatigue and playing (over)load are identified as key risk factors for musicians injuries. Self-report fatigue management strategies in sport have demonstrated preventive effects. A self-report fatigue management tool for musicians was d...
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Aims: Recent reviews have demonstrated broad links between performing arts participation (e.g. music-making; dancing; acting) and receptive engagement (e.g. listening to music; attending a dance/theatre performance) and improved health, including reduced disease and mortality risk. However, no investigations to date have interrogated the links betw...
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Background/Objectives: Increasing evidence supports the ability of music to broadly promote wellbeing and health-related quality of life (HRQOL). However, the magnitude of music effects on HRQOL is still unclear, particularly relative to established interventions, limiting inclusion of music interventions in health policy and care. The SF-36 is the...
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Background Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is reported to affect up to 70 % of cancer survivors. Despite evidence that CIPN-related impairments often translate into balance and mobility deficits, the effects on stepping and quality of gait, well-documented risk factors for falls, are unclear. Aims (i) Establish choice-stepping re...
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Aims: Recent reviews have demonstrated broad links between performing arts participation (e.g. music-making; dancing; acting) and receptive engagement (e.g. listening to music; attending a dance/theatre performance) and improved health, including reduced disease and mortality risk. However, no investigations to date have interrogated the links betw...
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An increasing body of evidence notes the health benefits of arts engagement and participation. However, specific health effects and optimal modes and 'doses' of arts participation remain unclear, limiting evidence-based recommendations and prescriptions. The performing arts are the most popular form of arts participation, presenting substantial sco...
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An increasing body of evidence notes the health benefits of arts engagement and participation. However, specific health effects and optimal modes and doses of arts participation remain unclear, limiting evidence-based recommendations and prescriptions. The performing arts are the most popular form of arts participation, presenting substantial scope...
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Background: Mismanagement of fatigue and playing load have been consistently identified as risk factors for playing-related pain and injuries. Studies in sport demonstrate that fatigue management strategies can predict and prevent overuse syndromes and related injuries through consistent assessment of playing load and physical/psychological stress...
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Background Patient-reported outcomes (PRO) are becoming increasingly recognised as essential to comprehensively collect chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) symptom information. Materials and methods This study aimed to evaluate the utility and feasibility of CIPN PRO assessment tools in a real-world clinical setting through investiga...
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Background Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a significant and often lasting side effect of cancer treatment, with increasing CIPN severity associated with increasing deficits in balance, gait, and mobility. The 6-min walk test (6MWT) is a widely validated and utilized measure of general physical functioning and mobility, althoug...
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Context: Efficient and accurate clinical screening for treatment related toxicities is a critical component of optimal patient management. A number of alternate screening tools for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) have been proposed in response to demonstrated limitations with standard clinical screening, although their relative di...
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Background/purpose: Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a prominent side effect of the treatment of cancer. Despite this frequent complication, there has been no comprehensive review and quality appraisal of CIPN assessments. The purpose of this study is to provide a definitive quality appraisal of CIPN assessment strategies for c...
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Background Electromyographic (EMG) fatigue threshold (EMGFT) is a correlate of critical power and torque or force thresholds which establish theoretical exercise intensities below which neuromuscular fatigability is negligible and unpredictable. These thresholds are identified by the point where rate of change of EMG amplitude (ΔEM¯G) is zero. Rece...
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Background: Physical symptoms present in a large percentage of instrumental musicians at all levels of expertise, yet the impact of these symptoms on patterns of muscle use and perceived exertion during performance is still unclear. Purpose: Quantify the effects of physical symptoms on muscle activity and perceived exertion in skilled violinists...
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This systematic review was conducted to identify the impact of upper body warm-up on performance and injury prevention outcomes. Web of Science, MEDLINE, SPORTDiscus, PsycINFO and Cochrane databases were searched using terms related to upper extremity warm-up. Inclusion criteria were English language randomised controlled trials from peer-reviewed...

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