Ziqing Guan

Date of Award

Summer 2023

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


School of Music

First Advisor

Jennifer Parker-Harley


Playing-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMDs) have long been a common topic among performing musicians. There are studies of PRMDs specific to flutists, but not much detailed guidance of playing-related injury prevention has been provided. As increasing numbers of students have taken up the flute in recent years, PRMDs in flutists have become more of a concern. However, large numbers of flutists are still lacking education on prevention of PRMDs. The purpose of this document is to help flutists better understand the major muscle groups that we use in playing the flute, how these muscles are affected by flute-playing, and to introduce exercises that are easily added to a flutist’s daily practice routine to help prevent injury and promote musculoskeletal health.


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