Date of Award
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Dr. Allison Naber
occupational therapy, musicians, playing-related musculoskeletal disorders, performance anxiety
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.
Heier, Vitoria, "Musculoskeletal Conditions and Performance Anxiety Among Musicians: An Occupational Therapy Approach" (2021). Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations. 30.