Have you injured yourself playing guitar? New study reveals that musculoskeletal injuries are not related to bad technique – but sadly might be unavoidable

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If you’ve ever gotten wrist pain after spending hours perfecting the Stairway to Heaven solo, you can breathe a sigh of relief: you might be a boomer, but old age isn’t necessarily the cause.

In a recent study published in the scientific journal PLoS One, a team of researchers from Israel’s Tel Aviv University found that playing guitar can lead to developing musculoskeletal injuries. Or, in words that a bassist could understand: shredding can make your wrists and shoulders go ouchie.

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Adam Kovac

Adam is a freelance writer whose work has appeared, aside from Guitar World, in Rolling Stone, Playboy, Esquire and VICE. He spent many years in bands you've never heard of before deciding to leave behind the financial uncertainty of rock'n roll for the lucrative life of journalism. He still finds time to recreate his dreams of stardom in his pop-punk tribute band, Finding Emo.