Honors Program

Fine and Performing Arts Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Tabitha Fair

Thesis Professor Department

Allied Health Sciences

Thesis Reader(s)

Lesley Bailey


Musculoskeletal disorders are a chronic and debilitating issue; these injuries can result in pain and disability that affect daily life and the ability to work in certain careers. Visual artists are no exception to this reality. However, reliable research is scarce regarding this population. The purpose of this study is to examine the level of experience and awareness of visual artists regarding the subject of musculoskeletal disorders and ergonomics within their chosen career field. The methods employed for this paper involved a survey where participants answered questions about workplace ergonomics, movements, and experience of muscle pains. Further indications of research may result from this study involving the assessment, diagnosis, implementation, and intervention in the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders among visual artists.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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