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Helena Kruusamäe, Katre Maasalu, Jaak Jürimäe
This study compared bone mineral density (BMD) variables of female and male elite dancesport athletes with untrained control subjects of the same gender. Sixty-six elite dancesport athletes (M 33, F 33) and 64 untrained controls (M 34, F 31) participated in this study. Elite dancesport athletes were dancing couples competing at the international level. Whole-body bone mineral content and whole-body, forearm, lumbar-spine, and femoral-neck BMD, as well as whole-body fat mass and fat free mass, were measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry...
March 2016: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
Leonardo Pellicciari, Daniele Piscitelli, Marilena De Vita, Lucia D'Ingianna, Serenella Bacciu, Giacomo Perno, Laura Lunetta, Eugenia Rosulescu, Cesare Giuseppe Cerri, Calogero Foti
During training and competition, athletic dancers perform complex artistic movements that can lead to stress on the musculoskeletal system, making them subject to high risk of injury. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence, location, and nature of musculoskeletal injuries among dancesport athletes and to identify potential risk factors for injury. This cross-sectional study was performed at several national dancesport meetings in Italy. All 168 dancesport athletes who participated at the meetings were invited to complete a questionnaire related to injuries they may have suffered during the previous year; other information collected included demographic data (age, sex, height, weight), dance participation (discipline, categories), training (training duration, years since starting to dance), and injury (location, etiology)...
March 2016: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
Helena Kruusamäe, Katre Maasalu, Matthew Wyon, Toivo Jürimäe, Jarek Mäestu, Martin Mooses, Jaak Jürimäe
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: In DanceSport, athletes train for many years to develop a very specific posture. Presently there are few data as to whether these adaptations are habitual or cause permanent anatomical changes to the spine. The aim of the current study was to evaluate lumbar lordosis and thoracic kyphosis of the international level DanceSport dancers using track and field athletes as controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty competitive DanceSport couples (15 men aged 23...
November 2015: Medicina
David Outevsky, Blake Cw Martin
OBJECTIVES: Dancesport, the competitive branch of ballroom dancing, places high physiological and psychological demands on its practitioners, but pedagogical resources in these areas for this dance form are limited. Dancesport competitors could benefit from strategies used in other aesthetic sports. In this review, we identify conditioning methodologies from gymnastics, figure skating, and contemporary, modern, and ballet dance forms that could have relevance and suitability for dancesport training, and propose several strategies for inclusion in the current dancesport curriculum...
December 2015: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
Xiaoxin Li, Huazhuo Wang, Yaohua Yang, Chunying Qi, Fei Wang, Man Jin
OBJECTIVE: Athlete screening tools combine measures of physical performance and morphometric parameters unique to each sport. Given the increasing competitiveness of dancesport, we designed the present quasi-experimental study to analyze the relationship between body height and motor coordination in college students. METHODS: Six hundred eighty-six students were randomly selected to participate in a dancing sport program that consisted of 16 weeks (32 hrs) of training...
March 2015: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
E M Wanke, M Borchardt, A Fischer, D A Groneberg
INTRODUCTION: The growing numbers of members aged over 35 years in the German Dancesport Association indicate that not only physical activity but also sporting success is gaining significance with increasing age. Investigations on health hazards are still lacking. Aim of this study is the analysis of dance sport-related health hazards in the classifications Seniors I-III. METHODS: A total of n = 124 (m: n = 67, f: n = 57) senior ballroom dancers participated in this retrospective cross-sectional investigation...
December 2014: Sportverletzung Sportschaden: Organ der Gesellschaft Für Orthopädisch-Traumatologische Sportmedizin
M Marini, M Monaci, M Manetti, M Piazza, F Paternostro, E Sgambati
AIM: Regular and structured physical activity is known to be effective in preventing and/or reducing the physical and mental decline associated with aging. Indeed, such usefulness of physical activity has been associated with the concept of "successful aging". The aim of the present study was to evaluate the possible physical and cognitive effects deriving from the practice of Dancesport in comparison with the participation in adapted physical activity (APA) programs and sedentarity. METHODS: A total of 150 healthy older adults were enrolled, consisting of three groups: 1) Dancesport (non-competitive Latin American and Standard dancers); 2) APA (subjects practicing a multicomponent training program adapted to elderly); 3) control (sedentary subjects)...
October 2015: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Teri Riding McCabe, Jatin P Ambegaonkar, Emma Redding, Matthew Wyon
The Fit to Dance survey has been conducted twice previously, in 1993 and 2002, without dancesport participants. The purpose of this present online survey was to supplement a comparison of dancesport against the earlier results. The current study had a greater percentage of male respondents than previous studies (43% vs 24% and 26%). The dancesport participants were older (28% at 40+ yrs vs 3% and 1%) and more likely to have normal (69% vs 57%) to overweight BMI (18% vs 2%). Dancesport participants spent more time in various non-dancing conditioning activities than previous surveys (5...
June 2014: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
Helena Liiv, Toivo Jürimäe, Jarek Mäestu, Priit Purge, Aave Hannus, Jaak Jürimäe
The present investigation was aimed to study international level dancesport dancer's aerobic capacity during incremental test and competition simulation in relation to the gender, dance style and international ranking. A total of 30 couples (12 Standard, 7 Latin American and 11 Ten Dance; aged 22.8 ± 6.6 years male and 22.0 ± 6.4 years female) performed an incremental treadmill test and competition simulation. In this study for the first time we carried out longer than one round competition simulation and compared three different dancesport styles (Standard, Latin American and Ten Dance)...
2014: European Journal of Sport Science
Helena Liiv, Matthew A Wyon, Toivo Jürimäe, Meeli Saar, Jarek Mäestu, Jaak Jürimäe
This study compared anthropometric variables, somatotypes, and aerobic capacity between three groups of dancers: classical ballet dancers (M 33, F 56), contemporary dancers (M 28, F 109), and dancesport dancers (M 30, F 30). The assumption was that different functional requirements should produce differences in the anthropometric and aerobic capacity variables among the three groups. Anthropometric data for body mass index (BMI) and somatotypes were measured. Body fat percentage was measured by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry...
December 2013: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
H Liiv, M Wyon, T Jürimäe, P Purge, M Saar, J Mäestu, J Jürimäe
Anthropometry in dance and aesthetic sports has been shown to play an important role in selection and performance criteria. The aim of the present study was to examine variations in somatotype and anthropometry in three different competitive dance styles: DanceSport Standard, Latin American and Ten Dance. Anthropometry and somatotype data were collected from thirty couples competing in Standard (n=24 individuals), Latin American (n=14) and Ten Dance (n=22) styles. A single tester (ISAK Level 1) carried out all anthropometric measurements using the Heath-Carter protocol and somatotypes were calculated using the Heath-Carter's decimal equations...
April 2014: Homo: Internationale Zeitschrift Für die Vergleichende Forschung Am Menschen
Jerneja Prosen, Nic James, Lygeri Dimitriou, Janez Perš, Goran Vučković
Twenty-four dance couples performing at the 2011 IDSF (International DanceSport Federation) International Slovenia Open were divided into two groups: the first twelve placed couples (top ranked) and the last twelve placed couples (lower ranked). Video recordings were processed automatically using computer vision tracking algorithms under operator supervision to calculate movement parameters. Time and speed of movement were analysed during single natural (right) and reverse (left) turns performed during the Viennese waltz...
2013: Journal of Human Kinetics
Teri R McCabe, J Ty Hopkins, Pat Vehrs, David O Draper
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the etiology of a loss-of-control neck injury in international modern (IM) dancesport dancers. A comparison to identify if dancers with neck injury have a greater decrease in median frequency in electromyography (EMG) than non-injured dancers. SUBJECTS: Twenty female subjects (mean age 21.6 ± 3.0 yrs, height 167.1 ± 4.3 cm, weight 59.1 ± 5.2 kg, mean BMI 21.1 ± 1.2) with minimum 1-year experience in competitive IM dancesport. measurements: EMG activity from the left upper trapezius, left splenius capitius, and right sternocleidomastoid muscles before and after dancing the five IM dances...
June 2013: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
Teri R McCabe, Matthew Wyon, Jatin P Ambegaonkar, Emma Redding
DanceSport is the competitive form of ballroom dancing, and even though it has more participants worldwide than ballet and modern dance, there is less peer-reviewed research. A review was conducted to identify all relevant literature to help researchers and clinicians gain an enhanced understanding of dancesport. Eight databases were searched, with 34 articles found in topics including participation motives, psychology, exercise physiology, fitness training, injuries and injury prevention, biomechanics, menstrual dysfunction, and substance use...
June 2013: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
S Bria, M Bianco, C Galvani, V Palmieri, P Zeppilli, M Faina
AIM: Dancesport is increasing its popularity and it becomes to be considered as a real sport. Few studies are available about the physiological strain of dancesport competitions: moreover, recent changes in the official rules make it mandatory to revise our knowledge about the specific physiologic demands during competition. The aim of our study was to evaluate physiological parameters in top-level dancers. METHODS: Twelve competitive dancesport couples (12 Latin-American and 12 Standard dancers) composed the study population...
June 2011: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
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