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Sensation of inspired volumes and pressures in professional wind instrument players

Author(s): Kreisman, H., Colacone, A., Fox, J., Wolkove, N.

Journal/Book: J Appl Physiol. 1990; 68: 2380-3 8750-7587.

Abstract: Previous studies have failed to show consistent differences in pulmonary function between wind instrument musicians and normal controls. In this study, respiratory sensation was assessed in 13 professional wind instrument players and 13 age-matched controls. Psychophysical techniques were used to assess magnitude estimation and reproduction of lung volumes and inspiratory pressures. The exponent for volume magnitude estimation was not different in musicians and controls (1.17 +/- 0.11 vs. 1.16 +/- 0.11), but volume reproduction was more accurate in musicians. The mean exponent for pressure magnitude estimation was 1.34 +/- 0.14 and 1.06 +/- 0.09 (P = 0.057) in musicians and controls, respectively. There was no difference between groups for absolute or constant error for pressure reproduction. Professional wind instrument players appear to have some inherent or acquired differences in respiratory perception and ventilatory neuromuscular control compared with other normal subjects.

Keyword(s): Adult ; Inspiratory Capacity physiology; Lung Volume Measurements; Occupations ; Perception physiology; Pressure ; Respiratory Muscles physiology Music ; Respiratory Mechanics physiology; Sensation physiology Female; Human; Male; Support, Non U.S. Gov't

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