Evaluation of training induced neuromuscular fatigue of orchestral violin players

Simon S. Yeung, Wai Ella Yeung, Rachel F M Chan, C. Y. Chow, Glory P S Lee, L. K. To, Xeni Y S Tsang

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Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the muscle fatigue and self-perceived exertion level on violin players before and after a training session. Fourteen professional violin players volunteered in this study. Surface electromyography (EMG) was used to record the fatigue level of the upper trapezius muscles before and after a training session. Medium Frequency (MF) of the EMG signals was used to document the fatigue rate of this muscle. Regression analysis and paired sample t-tests revealed no significant difference in the slopes of MF on both sides of trapezius muscle, before and after the training sessions. However, the Borg Scale ratings of perceived exertion revealed significant increase in fatigue level (p=0.003) after the training session. The disparity in the subjective perception with the objective findings indicated that the violists' self-perceived exertion arises from multiple sources. The high prevalence of playing-related musculoskeletal complaints (79%) in this group of players warrants further ergonomic investigation of possible work-related risk factors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XIVth Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association and 44th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Association, 'Ergonomics for the New Millennium'
Pages614
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2000
EventProceedings of the XIVth Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association and 44th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Association, 'Ergonomics for the New Millennnium' - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 29 Jul 20004 Aug 2000

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the XIVth Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association and 44th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Association, 'Ergonomics for the New Millennnium'
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period29/07/004/08/00

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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