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  • PhD studentship on Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries in musicians

    Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries in musicians

    Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES) at Liverpool John mores University (LJMU), Liverpool, UK

    Supervisory team: Prof. Bill Baltzopoulos and Prof. Gabor Barton

    External Partners: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Help Musicians UK


    This project is a collaboration between the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES) at Liverpool John mores University (LJMU), Help Musicians UK and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, which is one of the UKs most forward-looking music organisations and encompasses the UKs oldest continuing professional symphony orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Liverpool Philharmonic has the health and wellbeing of its musicians at the centre of its strategic vision and developed a pioneering Elite Musicians Performance and Wellbeing programme for musicians, a UK first for a professional symphony orchestra. This project is part of an exciting programme of collaboration with RISES and LJMU. The main aim of the proposed work is to develop an effective musculoskeletal injury prevention framework for musicians by designing appropriate screening tests for identifying instrument-specific risk factors in different individuals and prescribing targeted interventions for improving musculoskeletal health and promoting general health and wellbeing in Liverpool Philharmonic musicians.
    The objectives of the research programme are to develop a complete deterministic model for the musculoskeletal, biomechanical and postural demands of musical performance and the risk factors for injuries that are specific to the instrument played and the anthropometric characteristics of the individual musicians. Appropriate screening tests for the risk factors predisposing individual musicians to specific injuries will be developed using a battery of specially developed sensors and monitoring techniques that can be applied in the workplace for mass screening. An appropriate injury prevention framework for the orchestra musicians will be designed based on the innovative screening programme and individualised physical and behavioural interventions according to identified specific risk factors. The work will include postural and musculoskeletal biomechanics assessments, muscle strength, functional asymmetries, postural and playing technique mechanics, general physical fitness, body composition and fatigueability as part of a general health screening that will include playing and practice scheduling and any previous injuries. The injury prevention programme that will be developed following the screening and health monitoring tests will be applied to the Liverpool Philharmonic musicians that will participate in this project. The effectiveness of the prospective injury prevention programme will be evaluated through long-term monitoring of musculoskeletal health status and the improvement in orchestral performance evidenced through reduction in injuries.

    This is a PhD studentship supported by Liverpool John Moores University and Help Musicians UK and Liverpool Philharmonic. Tuition fees will be paid and an annual stipend of 14,553 along with bench fees of 1,500 per year will be provided to support the appointed candidate.
    The successful candidate will be registered for a full-time PhD studentship at LJMU, but will be required to work flexibly within this research group at both LJMU and Liverpool Philharmonic.

    Entry requirements

    We are seeking excellent candidates with expertise in musculoskeletal biomechanics. An undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy is essential in addition to a postgraduate qualification in a related discipline (sport science, physiotherapy, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, human movement, clinical biomechanics etc). Any clinical experience in sport or occupational injury rehabilitation or prevention is highly desirable.

    This post is only available to UK/EU students.

    Informal enquiries are welcome by contacting Prof. Bill Baltzopoulos (v.baltzopoulos@ljmu.ac.uk)

    Applicants should send a CV, covering letter detailing their suitability for the project, and contact details of two referees by email to rises@ljmu.ac.uk

    The closing date for applications is Friday 19 January 2018

    Interviews are scheduled to take place week commencing 22 January 2018

    https://www.findaphd.com/search/Proj...spx?PJID=93762
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