Paper Title: Respiratory Stress and Strain During Wind Instrument Playing

Author(s) - Evangelos Bouros*1, Ourania Castana2, Georgios Vasilopoulos3

 DOI: - 10.23958/isroj/vol03-i02/02


Wind instrumentalists require a sophisticated functioning of their respiratory system. The purpose of this research is to examine the function of the respiratory system of wind instrumentalists. Thirty-two adult professional musicians from two philharmonic bands (Piraeus and Zografou Municipality) participated in the survey. Each participant, after completing a questionnaire given, went through two spirometry tests, one before and one after the rehearsal. The rehearsal lasted one hour and a half and included low-mid and high frequency notes. Respiratory volumes measured and analyzed were, vital capacity (VC), maximum expiratory volume of air in 1st second (FEV1), forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory flow (FEF), and Tiffenau index (FEV1 / FV%).

The results showed that:

1) Participants did not show any noticeable change in their respiratory volumes before and after rehearsal.

2) Wind instrument players do not have a VC greater than their predicted age, height, weight and gender.

There is no significant strain sign in respiratory system even in smokers after exercising in wind instrument. Undoubtedly, new research is needed to combine a respiratory disease scenario with a respiratory treatment program that involves practicing a wind instrument.

Keywords:  Pulmonary function, wind instrumentalists, lung volumes.