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Most musicians suffer pain: study

Australia’s orchestral musicians are suffering for their art, according to new research.

Psychologists found that 84% of a group of 377 musicians surveyed had experienced physical pain severe enough to impair their performance.

Researchers examined members of Australia’s eight state orchestras and found there was a strong relationship between the severity of performance-related pain and anxiety.

Those reporting more severe pain also reported higher performance anxiety.

The findings imply that physically based treatments of performance-related musculoskeletal pain that do not address associated anxiety and depression might not prove to be effective.

Read more at University of Sydney

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