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"Medical Problems of Saxophonists: Physical and Psychosocial Dysfunction among Classical and Non-Classical Performers" publicada no Saxophone Symposium, Volume 24 do ano de 1999.
Os resultados não são encorajadores da practica do saxofone, especialmente na vertente erudita do assunto. 50% dos nossos colegas "da clássica" sofrerão de depressão enquanto que 35% deles viverão num estado de ansiedade aguda. Por sua vez os saxofonistas de jazz reportam maior stress relacionado com o trabalho, cigarros e consumo de álcool . Enfim. Muito pouco saudável este instrumento. Não admira que se acabe a carreira a tocar blues ...
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"The results of this study identify numerous physical problems experienced by saxophone
players and illustrate differences in frequency and severity of problems between classical and
non-classical players. Both groups demonstrated frequent problems in upper body areas,
especially the right and left areas of the neck and in the right upper back. This issue may be
related to the unique practice of saxophonists, transferring the weight of heavy brass instruments to the neck and back area through the use of neckstraps. Another problem for saxophonists was the right wrist, an area identified as the most significant problem for performers of the clarinet (Thrasher & Chesky, 1998). In the case of saxophonists, classical players experienced problems at significantly higher levels than non-classical performers. In all musculoskeletal areas, classical players demonstrated higher percentages of problems at greater levels of severity than did non-classical players, an aspect of performance not dealt with in saxophone literature.
The leading non-musculoskeletal concerns for saxophonists were fatigue, headaches, and
depression. Classical players again reported much higher and more severe problem levels than did non-classical players. Over 50% of classical saxophonists suffered from depression, and
almost 35% suffered from acute anxiety. Although non-classical players experienced higher
levels of work-related stress and alcohol and cigarette use, they tended to report being in better condition both physically and psychologically."