Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Ben Atchison

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard Cooper

Third Advisor

Dr. Diane Dirette


Musicians face many challenges throughout their careers; dealing with an injury should not be one of them. Unfortunately, studies show that up to seventy-five percent of musicians suffer playing-related injuries. These injuries can retard musical growth, can take time out of practices and performances, and may cost a musician his/her job. Fortunately, many non-invasive treatments can be used if injuries are diagnosed quickly, and prevention techniques are available to prevent an injury from ever occurring. Factors such as age and genetics (physical and mental characteristics inherited from parents) should be considered as well when a musician decides his/her practice schedule. The physical demands of long practice sessions are harder on an aging body, and a person's genetics may make him/her more susceptible to certain injuries.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Music Commons