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Dancers Health and Safety

Dance Injury Management

By Susan Simpson 

Dance is unique ­ being both art and sport.  Dancers are athletes who are artists  and artists who are athletes.

Unlike many sports, dance has no seasonal breaks meaning a constant high level  of fitness is required. In terms of duration, frequency and intensity, the training for dance is rigorous and unparalleled.

The dance community however, has been  slow to react to the mounting evidence supporting the importance of health and fitness in relation to dance performance.

Dance is an art form in which the body is the instrument of expression.  In seeking maximum style and technique, dancers often exceed their capacities,  overstretching or abnormally compressing the body’s tissue.  These forces result  in injuries such as muscle strain, joint and ligament sprains, bruises, or even  fractures and dislocations that may be temporary or permanent

Did You Know? 
80% of dancers experience a disabling injury during their careers 
65% of dance injuries are from overuse and 35% from accidents 
90% of injuries occur when a dancer is fatigued 
98% of dance injuries are treated non­-operatively

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