Validating a dance specific screening test for balance


08-Apr-2020 15:36

In response to this situation, this paper will introduce and discuss an ongoing research project designed to develop, evaluate, and revise a dancer wellness program with a professional ballet company.To clarify, in the present situation the term “medical team” refers to physicians and healthcare practitioners including physiotherapists, chiropractors, psychologists, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, and Pilates instructors.Due to the physical and mental demands inherent in pursuing their art, performing artists are at a significant risk of sustaining performance-related injuries.Incidence rates for professional ballet dancers range from 0.62 to 4.4 injuries per 1000 h of exposure to dance activities when examined prospectively (Nilsson et al., 2001; Allen et al., 2012).Anxiety and perfectionism are common among musicians (Marchant-Haycox and Wilson, 1992) and have been acknowledged to influence the likelihood of physical as well as psychological injury.

Following a consultation phase, an initial program composed of an expanded medical team and annual injury prevention screen was proposed.Wellness programs are being increasingly employed with performing artists.



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