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 Post subject: Ballet Injuries
PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2000 11:01 am 

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Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Here is a link to a story featured in today's University Week (a publication directed at faculty and staff of the University of Washington). A group of sports medicine researchers at the UW tracked 46 PNB dancers over eight months of a season to examine which psychological stressors were most likely to lead to increased risk of injury. The link below leads to the University Week cover page; to find the article, choose "Pirouettes and QB Sacks: Ballet, Contact Sports Pose Equal Risk of Injury" from among the featured articles. The accompanying photograph (which will enlarge when clicked upon) is Patricia Barker in Theme and Variations.<BR> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A>

 Post subject: Re: Ballet Injuries
PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2000 3:42 pm 

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Location: Australia
an excellent article, francis: thank you.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>the researchers found that high levels of life stress and low social support were predictors of injuries among dancers. - - -<P>“There are several theories about which factors predict injuries. One is that if you are performing while physically tense you are more likely to be injured,” said Smith. <P>“Another is that if your mind is not on the task at hand, if you are worried or not focused, it is easier to get hurt. We found that it is a combination of all three factors - loss or lack of focus, worrying and physical anxiety - that puts dancers at risk for being hurt.” - - -<P>As for specifically helping ballet dancers, he said it would be useful to teach dancers how to increase levels of social support and to learn coping skills to deal with day-to-day stressors, such as interpersonal conflict and dealing with traffic, that put them at risk for injuries. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>this article looked familiar when i began reading it.<P>when i got to the bit about 'dealing with traffic' - which struck me oddly the FIRST time - i realised it IS in fact the same piece we linked to, elsewhere at this board last week - in ISSUES......<P>i would certainly agree with these research conclusions, and i think anyone who has observed company dancers - or vocational student dancers - will recognise these truths immediately. in fact, WE could have told THEM that! Image (as is often the case with research! )<P>so, is traffic really bad in seattle, francis? (yes, that IS a serious question...)<P>here is the link to the other thread:<BR> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <P>please could we continue this discussion up there? <P>sorry francis - one place is as good as another, and i see that this is a study of BALLET dancers, so it makes sense to put it in BALLET. i'm surprised now that i didn't put it in THE STUDIO! but i guess i put it in ISSUES, because i'm sure the conclusions are just as applicable to ANY dancer..... (after all, they all deal with traffic!!) Image<p>[This message has been edited by grace (edited October 19, 2000).]


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