A Study on Pulmonary Mechanics of Playing Wind Instruments


  • Study type

  • Study IDs

  • Describes the nature of a clinical study. Types include:

    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • Site IRB
    • Rochester, Minnesota: 17-005990
    Sponsor Protocol Number: 17-005990

About this study

The purpose of this pilot study is to examine lung function of long time harmonica players and understand the pulmonary mechanics of harmonica playing including the abdominal and thoracic pressures generated and the pattern of muscle activation.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Generally healthy adults aged 18-80 years
  • Able to play a harmonica

Exclusion Criteria: 

  • History of respiratory, cardiovascular, or metabolic disease.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

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Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Bruce Johnson, Ph.D.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Briana Ziegler