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In recent years, a lot of research has been conducted in the Dance and Music programs of the Royal Conservatoire on the occurrence of 'repetitive strain injuries'. The extensive expertise that has been built up during these years has led to the establishment of a collaboration between the Artesis departments of Healthcare and the Royal Conservatoire, that focuses both on research and social services. Three manuscripts were published in journals with an impact factor and one study has already been written out.

Due to the long follow-up period during the project, there was no possibility to write out the data. That is why Nathalie Roussel wants to realize four peer-reviewed publications with impact factor. In addition, she aims to develop communication about the described research projects by publishing in national and international Dutch language journals and by presenting the results at conferences.

Three abstracts about these studies have already been presented at congresses, on the one hand the biennial symposium on low back complaints organized by the Belgian Back Society in December 2010 (Brussels) and on the other hand the World Congress on Physiotherapy in June 2011 (Amsterdam). The abstracts of these presentations have been published in scientific journals. The extensive interest of both clinicians and researchers in this matter proves that publication of the collected data is essential.