Musical and Athletic Motor Learning and Performance
Edited By Adina Mornell
Playing Beyond the Limits of Health: Loss and Regain of Hand Control in Professional Musicians Suffering from Musicians’ Cramp (Victor Candia)
Playing Beyond the Limits of Health: Loss and Regain of Hand Control in Professional Musicians Suffering from Musicians’ Cramp Summary Important insights into brain-behavior interactions have been gathered through research in the ﬁeld of neuroscience. There is now compelling evidence to assume that important changes are needed in the way musicians select their learning strategies and practice behaviors. While professional musicians have a wide and profound experience-based knowledge on hand and ﬁnger behaviors, they generally base their learning strategies on tradition. These strategies expose musicians to unnecessary risk of developing hazardous work-related health problems. Focal hand dystonia in musicians, also termed “musicians’ cramp,” is a greatly feared condition that can lead to the termination of a musician’s career. The neurological disorder is characterized by a loss of control over individual ﬁnger movements, particularly during speciﬁc actions related to playing a given musical instrument. Apparently, changes in the functional organization of the brain are involved in the origins of focal dystonia. Based on this consideration, we have developed a successful task-speciﬁc treatment for the condition. Nevertheless, the burden is particularly difﬁcult to treat and could probably be prevented when speciﬁc, research-grounded prevention and practice concepts are developed. For the future, it is expected that interdisciplinary work of professional musicians in tight cooperation with neuroscientists will give crucial impulses to prevent musicians’ maladies through optimized learning and practice strategies. Research on movement control Modern research on movement control has, to some extent, revealed the role of different brain...
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