Determinants of preventative behaviors for health promotion in brazilian musicians


  • Thaís Branquinho Oliveira Fragelli Physical Therapist,Visitant Researcher, Health Science Faculty, University of Brasília, areas of interest Education; Educational Methodologies; Art and Health. Ph.D in Health Sciences, 2013, University of Brasília, Brazil.
  • Isolda de Araújo Gunther Senior Researcher, Environment Psychology Research Group, Institute of Psychology, University of Brasília, areas of interest Developmental Psychology and Environmental Psychology , Ph.D in Developmental Psychology, 1983, Michigan State University, USA.




Objective: This study aimed to investigate the determinants of behaviours that prevent musculoskeletal injuries in musicians. The study had the following specific objectives: 1) to analyse the muscular health of the participants, 2) to investigate the adoption of preventive behaviours, 3) to identify possible relationship of the presence or absence of symptoms with the adoption of preventive behaviours, and 4) to analyse the possible influence of the social and physical environment on the adoption of preventive behaviours.

Method: The analysis was based on the ecological perspective. A cross-sectional study was performed with 136 musicians from the Brazil’s central region. Data were collected using the Inventory for Evaluation of Preventive Behaviors for Musicians (IADCP-MUS).

Results: In total, 59.5% of participants reported the presence of pain and claimed that social norms and others’ behaviours influenced their adoption of preventive behaviours.

Conclusion: The social environment influences the adoption of preventive behaviours. The presence of symptoms did not motivate the intention to engage in self-care except when they manifested to the point of impaired function. 

Key words: health promotion, health musician, ecological perspective, health behaviour



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