Torso and bowing arm three-dimensional joint kinematics of elite cellists: Clinical and pedagogical implications for practice
Science and Medicine Inc.
Place of Publication
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
BACKGROUND: Elite cello playing requires complex and refined motor control. Cellists are prone to right shoulder and thoracolumbar injuries. Research informing injury management of cellists and cello pedagogy is limited. The aims of this study were to quantify the torso, right shoulder, and elbow joint movement used by elite cellists while performing a fundamental playing task, a C major scale, under two volume conditions. METHODS: An eight degrees of freedom upper limb biomechanical model was applied to 3D motion capture data of the torso, upper arm, and forearm for 31 cellists with a mean experience of 19.4 yrs (SD 9.1). Two-factor ANOVA compared the joint positions between the four cello strings and two volume conditions. FINDINGS: Significant (p