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Arch Hellen Med, 33(3), May-June 2016, 349-354


Respiratory function in opera singers, choral singers and wind instrument players

E.M. Ksinopoulou, E. Karetsi, C. Hatzoglou, Z. Daniil, K. Gourgoulianis
Laboratory of Physiology and Department of Pulmonology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Thessaly, Medical School, Larissa, Greece

It is possible that singing and playing wind instruments professionally could have a positive effect on the respiratory function of individuals who practice regularly. Studies to date have reached no definitive conclusions on the effects of singing and playing wind instruments professionally on respiratory function. The documented effects on respiratory function vary, but are mostly beneficial, mainly in the items vital capacity (VC) and peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR). Significant variations in methodology in the various studies may account for the lack of consensus in the results regarding the respiratory function of singers and wind musicians. Regardless of the possible benefits on respiratory function, it is stressed that playing music and singing are always beneficial to an individual's general health status.

Key words: Musician, Opera singing, Respiratory function, Wind instruments.

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