Date of Award

Spring 5-2022

Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


music student health, playing-related musculoskeletal disorder, occupational adaptative process, adaptive capacity

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


Musicians are at risk of developing playing-related musculoskeletal disorders. Music students are at particular risk due to factors such as instrument type, age, and playing habits. The purpose of my capstone experience was to explore the role of occupational therapy in addressing music student health. Three approaches (research study, clinical experience, and collaboration) were used to complete this capstone experience since the project focused on both education and clinical practice. The education focus resulted in the completion of an institutional review board-approved study, a manuscript reporting the findings of the study, musician health education materials for the University of South Dakota Music Department, and a proposal for ongoing engagement between the University of South Dakota’s Music Department and Occupational Therapy Department. The clinical practice focus developed my clinical practice skills in scapular, upper extremity, and ergonomic assessment and interventions. This capstone experience demonstrates the important role occupational therapy can play in music student health. The results of my project indicate a need to continue exploring ways that occupational therapy can address the music performance-related health concerns of USD music students.



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