Upper limb hypermobility in musicians and its associations with pain and performance


The aim of this project is to investigate the extent of upper limb hypermobility in a range of orchestral musicians of different levels of expertise, and to determine the associate of pain and musical performance with their extent of hypermobility.


Associate Professor Leslie Nicholson, Dr Cliffton Chan

Research Location

Camperdown - School of Medical Sciences

Program Type



Anecdotally, musicians exhibit a higher extent of upper limb joint hypermobility than the general population. This hypermobility in certain joints can be advantageous for musical performance, however excessive mobility may compromise their health and career. To date, no upper limb specific hypermobility measures have been undertaken in musicians and therefore the association of this with pain and performance has not been established.

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Hypermobility, Performing Arts Medicine, music, Pain, Upper Limb, epidemiology, Musculoskeletal, Physiotherapy, Playing-related Musculoskeletal Disorders

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2201