Doctoral student Nabeel Zuhdi talks about his recently published study entitled “Occupational Health Problems of Classical Guitarists”

Representing the first known epidemiologic study exclusively for classical guitarists, this study deployed new survey protocols that allowed for detailed assessment of classical guitar related musculoskeletal problems. This study demonstrated that classical guitarists experience health problems at rates similar to or greater than other instrument-specific groups and that the patterns of musculoskeletal pain coincide with the anatomic and physiologic demands associated with playing this instrument. Similarly, the prevalence rates for non-musculoskeletal problems suggest high levels of biopsychosocial stressors that are often associated with the classical music genre. Analyses of prevalence rates for non-musculoskeletal problems suggest that younger musicians, especially those with high levels of musician identity, are at increased risk for mental health problems including depression.

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