Authors: Ms. Melissa Fonseka and Mr. Shafin Majid
Abstract: The aim of this study is to analyze the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in the upper limb among guitarists in Sri Lanka. Lack of knowledge on preventive methods like stretching and issues related to body mechanics can lead to musculoskeletal issues. Neglecting them can lead to long term degenerative changes. The objectives were to identify the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in the upper limb amongst urban guitarists and to describe the associating factors that may result in musculoskeletal disorders. It was done using a descriptive study on urban guitarists, using a number of 30, conveniently selected sample participants. The data was collected using an interviewer administered questionnaire. This study provides conclusive data confirming that guitarists are at a high risk of injury in the upper limb. Injuries among guitarists can occur, regardless of the type of guitar and posture. Although most are aware of the risk of injury in the upper limb, many do not take measures to prevent it and in those who used warm- up technique prior to playing reduced the risk of injury.
Keywords: Musculoskeletal Disorders, Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Upper Limb, Upper Limb amongst Guitarists, Guitarists in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka