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Date of Award

Spring 5-2021

Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Health Science

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Allison Naber


occupational therapy, musicians, playing-related musculoskeletal disorders, performance anxiety

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


The purpose of this capstone project was to gain advanced clinical practice skills in working with musicians suffering from playing-related musculoskeletal disorders and performance anxiety. The main outcome of the capstone project was the creation of a manuscript detailing the effectiveness of occupational therapy evaluation and intervention methods for playing-related musculoskeletal disorders and performance anxiety among musicians via a retrospective case series design. The 14-week capstone experience was completed at the M Health Fairview Hand Center in Burnsville, MN under the supervision of a certified hand therapist. Patient charts were reviewed for evaluation and intervention methods, as well as the progression of patient symptoms. Project outcomes demonstrated that occupational therapy treatment had a positive effect on musician’s health. Further research is still needed to explore occupational therapy interventions to meet the physical and mental needs of musicians.