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“Yifei performs contrasting pieces and and a scale. Thermal imaging machines are used to track her muscle heat output while she is performing. The thermal imaging is to test how performing high impact and technically challenging music affects the muscles of the body.
An interview with Christoph, the thermal imaging technician is given. Christoph explains how the equipment measures the heat of the muscles involved in performing on the piano. He also explains the purpose of the experiment, which is to help pianists develop better form and avoid performance injuries. Done by testing the inflammation of the muscles while performing (overheated muscles are the result of overworking or straining the muscles).
An interview with Professor Comeau is given regarding the purpose of the thermal imaging experiment. He discusses the importance of warm-up and cool down when performing and how overheating and tension in muscles can lead to injury. He then explains the experiment: having Yifei first play a slow piece, then a fast and more demanding piece, and then a scale, to measure the level of muscles heat with each. He explains that through testing Yifei it is discovered that she has good performing form, as she does not overheat right away (it takes much longer). The goal of the experiment is explained, which is to discover what happens when high impact activity is done first. He further discusses the common problems involved with performers and piano teachers who do technique at the beginning of a practice or lesson without a warm up (and how this can lead to injury).”

Overview
  • 00:15:27
  • "Chinese traditional piece; Sonata in E minor, Op. 90, 1st movement; B major scale"
  • Research Projects; Health Issues: Thermal Imaging
  • "Yifei performs contrasting pieces and and a scale. Thermal imaging machines are used to track her muscle heat output while she is performing. The thermal imaging is to test how performing high impact and technically challenging music affects the muscles of the body. An interview with Christoph, the thermal imaging technician is given. Christoph explains how the equipment measures the heat of the muscles involved in performing on the piano. He also explains the purpose of the experiment, which is to help pianists develop better form and avoid performance injuries. Done by testing the inflammation of the muscles while performing (overheated muscles are the result of overworking or straining the muscles). An interview with Professor Comeau is given regarding the purpose of the thermal imaging experiment. He discusses the importance of warm-up and cool down when performing and how overheating and tension in muscles can lead to injury. He then explains the experiment: having Yifei first play a slow piece, then a fast and more demanding piece, and then a scale, to measure the level of muscles heat with each. He explains that through testing Yifei it is discovered that she has good performing form, as she does not overheat right away (it takes much longer). The goal of the experiment is explained, which is to discover what happens when high impact activity is done first. He further discusses the common problems involved with performers and piano teachers who do technique at the beginning of a practice or lesson without a warm up (and how this can lead to injury)."
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  • August 20, 2010
  • scale, experiment, thermal imaging, muscle heat, performing, high impact, performance, technique, injury, french
  • August 26, 2010
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