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Movement training

Students who follow a training as a professional dancer or musician are subject to the development of musculoskeletal complaints because they perform daily repetitive movements during long periods. From own studies conducted in these two groups, it appears that these students show significantly more complaints compared to other peers. For several years, research has been carried out into the relationship between movement and musculoskeletal complaints.

The first studies conducted among dancers show that organizing additional training leads to the development of fewer complaints. From a first pilot study conducted by musicians, it appears that organizing a general intervention already has an effect on different physical parameters. The aim of the current project is to examine whether an additional intervention, consisting of a general part 'moving to music' and a specific part consisting of specific exercises in function of the specificity of the instrument, has an effect on the musculoskeletal complaints as well as on the artistic performance.

In addition, we wish to investigate to what extent the sensitization of students in the context of mental health training (eg by discussing anxiety, stress, psychosocial aspects of pain, etc.) has an effect on these complaints and on artistic achievement.