Thursday, 15 May 2014

Ballet dancers could be at a higher risk of injury than other athletes

DEPM's Christina Ekergen has co authored a study which found that adolescent ballet dancers have a similar injury rate to other athletes of the same age group, but a higher risk of actually hurting themselves. The study suggests that this may be due to the high intensity of training attributed with pre professional dancers.

The study looked at three pre professional ballet schools, and a total of 266 dancers over the period of one year. Joints were the most commonly injured structures and the ankle was the most commonly injured body area. Overuse injuries were more common than traumatic injuries. Bony injuries (e.g. stress fractures), and injuries to the knee were associated with the greatest time loss per injury and injury risk and rate increased as students progressed through their three years of training.

The study notes that unlike other adolescent based athletic groups, ballet dancing has had little research done about injury risk and prevention.

Click here to read the entire study.

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