Publication Date

2016-02-09

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2016-02-09

Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Instrumental Performance (Music)

Date of Defense

2015-11-16

First Committee Member

Robert A. Weiner

Second Committee Member

Margaret A. Donaghue

Third Committee Member

Gabriel Beavers

Fourth Committee Member

Don D. Coffman

Abstract

Oboe practice and reed making entails persistent and methodical application. This can lead to misuse and overuse, which may cause injuries that could result in early retirement, permanent disfigurement, or both. The purpose of this essay is to catalog the current prevention and non-surgical treatment options for musculoskeletal performance-related injuries common among oboists. The essay will also identify injuries that are frequently found in oboe players, and provide information about the causes of these injuries. It is my hope that this document will become a resource for oboists to use when they are struggling with performance-related injuries and will help them to discover and pain-free way to perform and live.

Keywords

performance-related oboe injuries; oboe injury treatment; oboe injuries; oboe overuse; oboe misuse; oboe injury remedies

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