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The first Nordic Conference in music medicine

Published: 11 April 2013

Musicians have high standards for motion control and to perform under pressure. Performance is comparable to an elite athlete and then there is also the artistic expression. The groups occupational health is neglected in research and health care. To illustrate the specific needs of musicians is Musicians' Health & Performance 1st Nordic Conference in 2013 arranged by the Department of Health Sciences at Luleå University of Technology

- In the Nordic countries, we lack a forum where researchers, clinicians and musicians with an interest in music medicine can meet to exchange ideas, knowledge and networking, says project manager Ulrik Röijezon, researchers in physical therapy at the university.

The conference is the first in the Nordic region to focus completely on musicians' health and performance. It has a broad focus that includes ergonomics, musculoskeletal injuries, stress, hearing loss and performance.
- The conference is important to bring together the few researchers and clinicians in the field who are in Sweden and the Nordic countries. In order to develop the area we need to build networks that provide opportunities for cooperation, exchange of knowledge and experience, says Ulrik Röijezon.

The conference will present current research in the area from Scandinavia and the rest of the world. It also includes presentations from different Nordic countries about how they built up specialist clinics for musician health. Interactive workshops and training will be an important piece held for clinicians in the field, such as doctors, physiotherapists, psychologists, but also for musicians and music teachers.

The conference will also be the starting point for the project Nationwide Occupational Health for Artists and Musicians, which will develop occupational health services specifically for musicians and artists. The aim is to create a national network of stakeholders.
- The conference is a good opportunity to find participants to create a wide network, says Ulrik Röijezon.

Musicians' Health and Performance 1st Nordic Conference 2013 (MHPNC 2013), held on 13-14th of June at the concert hall Acusticum at the School of Music in Piteå, LTU, in conjunction with the Festival in Piteå.
The conference intends to return every second year on different locations in the North.