Drumming Upper Limb Injury Survey - via surveymonkey

Hello,

To all my drummer friends, chums and associates. I am doing a project about drum related injuries for my Masters Degree and need some responses for the survey! Even if you have not had any injuries, you can still do the survey as your data is also helpful.

This is the link

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NN7LRDR

No need to sign up or register to the site and it will only take about 3-5 minutes. This is also anonymous so your survey will not be able to identify you personally. I can also provide the results if requested when the survey is complete.

Any responses, or general feedback would be appreciated!

Craig.
 

johnwesley

Silver Member
You gotta be kidding. What kind of Masters degree you going for that needs this kind of information? Did John Tesh put you up to this on behalf of of SNHU?
 
You gotta be kidding. What kind of Masters degree you going for that needs this kind of information? Did John Tesh put you up to this on behalf of of SNHU?
My final project, is like a 'Miniature PHD' and I decided to do a research project for my last submission. This means it needs to be a lot more in depth than any previous projects, which includes so of my own (minor) research. It's pretty much split between playing choices/habits and any injuries sustained while playing.

Is this John Tesh a buddy of yours? As I have no knowledge of him.
 

johnwesley

Silver Member
My final project, is like a 'Miniature PHD' and I decided to do a research project for my last submission. This means it needs to be a lot more in depth than any previous projects, which includes so of my own (minor) research. It's pretty much split between playing choices/habits and any injuries sustained while playing.

Is this John Tesh a buddy of yours? As I have no knowledge of him.
No. John Tesh is a former TV personality and musician who now does TV commercials for Southern New Hampshire University. An online college.
 

Noisy

Well-known member
IMO, the survey on hours of practice should ask for hours of upper body, lower body and both simultaneously. Some people spend a lot of time on feet only, which is not directly related to your upper body injury study.
 

beatdat

Senior Member
Took the survey. It was only several questions, and over before I knew it. Seemed too brief.
 
Took the survey. It was only several questions, and over before I knew it. Seemed too brief.
Depending on your answers, it will change the length of the survey.

Also, the idea was to keep it short and brief, it encourage people to do it as long surveys put people (including myself) off doing them.
 

beatdat

Senior Member
Depending on your answers, it will change the length of the survey.

Also, the idea was to keep it short and brief, it encourage people to do it as long surveys put people (including myself) off doing them.
If that’s the case, it didn’t feel like my input had anything substantial to offer.

Still, I hope your studies go well.
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
I can't believe a short survery like this would give you enough information to draw any conclusions for any project. Sorry.
 
I can't believe a short survery like this would give you enough information to draw any conclusions for any project. Sorry.
While that is correct, this survey is only the initial part of my larger study to try and find more in depth relations. The survey provides a very simple and general idea of the injuries and basic drumming habits, which is designed to point the research in the right direction. Also, the idea was to find out if any of this 'simple' data correlates with any of the data from previous studies.

Any other issues or feedback, just let me know and I shall try and answer.
 

Hollywood Jim

Platinum Member
I filled out the survey.
I have been playing the drums on and off for 65 years. I have arthritis in my thumbs. Both of them. I realize in some ways it is not an injury. Arthritis is usually hereditary in nature. But I feel mine is also related to playing the drums. I have hastened the wearing out of the cartilage between the bones in my hands. My hand specialist doctor seemed to think so too. Arthritis was not on your list of injuries in the survey.

By the way the arthritis in my thumbs is the only arthritis I have.

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I filled out the survey.
I have been playing the drums on and off for 65 years. I have arthritis in my thumbs. Both of them. I realize in some ways it is not an injury. Arthritis is usually hereditary in nature. But I feel mine is also related to playing the drums. I have hastened the wearing out of the cartilage between the bones in my hands. My hand specialist doctor seemed to think so too. Arthritis was not on your list of injuries in the survey.

By the way the arthritis in my thumbs is the only arthritis I have.

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Thanks for that feedback, arthritis was overlooked my myself so thank you for pointing that out.
 
I took the survey, the only question I kind of raised a brow on was "do you suffer any aches, pains or injuries when playing". At an active 52 I suffer aches all the time, just getting out of bed sometimes is a project so yeah, when I'm finished practicing for a couple hours dang. But "injuries" doesn't really belong there, I've never required an ER visit after practicing, an adult beverage usually does the trick so it's kind of an obscure question.

But... to your point, for a college project looking at it from a statistical standpoint there were probably a number of things that these brief questions hit on. It's a kid I'm guessing doing a 15 page paper, not writing a documentary so I can see how these questions might form the outcome he's trying to produce.

It's all good. Wouldn't have been my choice of topics but most college professors don't care much about the topic, they're looking at the process.
Agreed on all fronts . Most of these projects don’t have to prove anything really one way, or another (they can sometimes), but is really all about the steps and process and that the professor sees the work put in .

And yes , lol , at 53 myself I can’t tell if an injury or ache or pain is from one particular thing or not , as sometimes I have pain for seemingly having not done a damn thing to have them 🤷🏻‍♂️. New one ( from practicing I think) is tendinitis in the left elbow. But if I was gonna get it I’d think it would be on the right from the high hat and ride playing 🤷🏻‍♂️
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
My stumbling block was how many hours per week do I spend drumming.

Now, or when I was younger? An avg of the two?

And even stick size, that has changed several times over the years.
 
My stumbling block was how many hours per week do I spend drumming.

Now, or when I was younger? An avg of the two?

And even stick size, that has changed several times over the years.
Hi,

Currently your playing time now would be most accurate, but I also struggle to quantify how long I practice for as it varies so much, even in the past few months it has varied a lot.
 
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