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K Karatrantou, V Gerodimos, K Häkkinen, A Zafeiridis
Combined strength and aerobic training programs are widely used for improving markers of physical fitness and health. We compared the efficiency of a serial and an integrated combined training program on health and overall fitness in middle-aged females. 54 females (46.7±4.5yrs) were assigned to a serial (SCG) or an integrated (ICG) combined training group or to a control group (CG). The SCG and ICG performed a 3-month training combining aerobic dance and calisthenics. The 2 training programs differ in the sequence of aerobic and strength exercises...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Sports Medicine
Citlali López-Ortiz, Tara Egan, Deborah J Gaebler-Spira
INTRODUCTION: This pilot study evaluates the effects of a targeted dance class utilizing classical ballet principles for rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy on balance and upper extremity control. METHODS: Twelve children with cerebral palsy (ages 7-15 years) with Gross Motor Function Classification scores II-IV participated in this study and were assigned to either a control group or targeted dance class group. Targeted dance class group participated in 1-h classes three times per week in a 4-week period...
2016: SAGE Open Medicine
Lars Donath, Ralf Roth, Lukas Zahner, Oliver Faude
BACKGROUND: Adequate static and dynamic balance performance is an important prerequisite during daily and sporting life. Various traditional and innovative balance training concepts have been suggested to improve postural control or neuromuscular fall risk profiles over recent years. Whether slackline training (balancing over narrow nylon ribbons) serves as an appropriate training strategy to improve static and dynamic balance performance is as yet unclear. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to examine the occurrence and magnitude of effects of slackline training compared with an inactive control condition on static and dynamic balance performance parameters in children, adults and seniors...
October 4, 2016: Sports Medicine
Zan Gao, Jung Eun Lee, Zachary Pope, Dachao Zhang
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of active videogames (AVGs) on underserved minority children's on-task classroom behavior, academic effort, and fitness. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A one group pre- and posttest repeated measures design was used. In Fall 2013, 95 fourth grade children (57 boys, 38 girls; 96% of minority) from three classes at an underserved urban elementary school participated in teacher-supervised AVG activities (e.g., Wii Sports, Xbox Just Dance)...
September 30, 2016: Games for Health
Tommi Sliiden, Sara Beck, Ian MacDonald
OBJECTIVES: Breathing strategies for athletic dancing are quite different from those needed for legato singing. This study considers the respiration data recorded by a telemetric heart rate monitor, mask, and gas analyzer collected from 20 musical theater professionals performing set tasks. METHODS: Scores were taken of maximum phonation time (MPT), relative oxygen uptake, and heart rate immediately after three tasks: (1) singing only, (2) dancing only, and (3) singing while dancing...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
Lindsay E Harmon-Matthews, J Hope Davis-Coen, Mariah Nierman, Nienke W Willigenburg, Timothy E Hewett
This study describes trends in mean standing functional turnout angles measured on a floor protractor (FP) and the Functional Footprint(®) rotational instrument (RI) during routine clinical screens. Twenty-three professional ballet dancers, 26 collegiate modern students, and 46 ballet academy dancers participated in the study. All dancers demonstrated greater total turnout on the FP compared to the RI (p < 0.001), and the collegiate dancers had significantly smaller total turnout angles compared to both of the other groups (p < 0...
2016: Journal of Dance Medicine & Science
Danae Varveri, Andreas D Flouris, Nikitas Smirnios, Elizana Pollatou, Christina Karatzaferi, Giorgos K Sakkas
We developed and validated an aquaticity assessment test (AAT) for the evaluation of human physical adequacy in the water. Forty-six volunteers (25M/21F; 20 ± 8 years) participated and performed 10 easy-to-administer and practical aquatic tasks. Group A was formed by 36 elite athletes (M/F 20/16, 24.7 ± 10yrs) from two sports categories depending on their affinity to the water environment: terrestrial (wrestling, cycling, dancing) and aquatic (swimming, synchronized swimming, free diving) sports. Group B was formed by 10 non-athlete participants (5M/5F, 14...
July 2016: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Lourdes Gutiérrez-Vilahú, Núria Massó-Ortigosa, Lluís Costa-Tutusaus, Miriam Guerra-Balic, Ferran Rey-Abella
The purpose of the study was to compare postural control in static standing in young adults with and without Down syndrome (DS), with eyes closed and eyes open, before and after an 18-wk dance-based training program. The study included 11 young people with DS age 20.5 (1.3) yr and 11 without DS age 20.2 (2.0) yr. All parameters were recorded before and after the training program. Parameters related to center of pressure (COP; closed and open eyes) were recorded from a platform with the participant in bipedal standing position during 30 s...
July 2016: Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly: APAQ
Dafna Merom, Erin Mathieu, Ester Cerin, Rachael L Morton, Judy M Simpson, Chris Rissel, Kaarin J Anstey, Catherine Sherrington, Stephen R Lord, Robert G Cumming
BACKGROUND: The prevention of falls among older people is a major public health challenge. Exercises that challenge balance are recognized as an efficacious fall prevention strategy. Given that small-scale trials have indicated that diverse dance styles can improve balance and gait of older adults, two of the strongest risk factors for falls in older people, this study aimed to determine whether social dance is effective in i) reducing the number of falls and ii) improving physical and cognitive fall-related risk factors...
August 2016: PLoS Medicine
Donna Krasnow
It is undeniable that the research and clinical knowledge base in performing arts medicine continues to develop, as discussed in the June editorial in Medical Problems of Performing Artists. This growth in research is certainly evident in dance, as in other areas of the performing arts. The breadth of the research includes the studies of biomechanics, conditioning and supplementary training practices, injury prevention and rehabilitation, motor control, nutrition, physics, and psychology.
September 2016: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
Amit Abraham, Ayelet Dunsky, Ruth Dickstein
OBJECTIVE: Elevé is a core dance movement requiring the greatest ankle plantarflexion (PF) range of motion (ROM). One possible way to enhance elevé performance is by using motor imagery practice (MIP). The aims of this pilot study were to investigate: 1) functional ankle PF maximal angles and ROM while performing elevé among professional dancers, 2) the effect of MIP on enhancing elevé performance, and 3) participants' views on the MIP intervention and its feasibility in a professional dance company setting...
September 2016: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
María Serrano-Guzmán, Carmen M Valenza-Peña, Carmen Serrano-Guzmán, Encarnación Aguilar-Ferrándiz, Gerald Valenza-Demet, Carmen Villaverde-Gutiérrez
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Evidence suggests that dance therapy may have positive effects in areas such as cardiovascular parameters and sleep. The aim of the present study is to explore whether a dance therapy programme improves sleep and blood pressure in a population of middle-aged pre-hypertensive and hypertensive women. METHODS: A randomised controlled trial was conducted, in which participants were assigned to one of 2 groups: standard care (with usual activities and medication) or dance therapy (in which the participants followed a dance therapy programme, in addition to their medication)...
October 21, 2016: Medicina Clínica
Benjamin R Kivlan, Christopher R Carcia, John J Christoforetti, RobRoy L Martin
BACKGROUND: Dancers commonly experience anterior hip pain caused by femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) that interrupts training and performance in dance. A paucity of literature exists to guide appropriate evaluation and management of FAI among dancers. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine if dancers with clinical signs of FAI have differences in hip range of motion, strength, and hop test performance compared to healthy dancers. STUDY DESIGN: Quasi-experimental, cohort comparison...
August 2016: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
Kathryn L Weston, Liane B Azevedo, Susan Bock, Matthew Weston, Keith P George, Alan M Batterham
BACKGROUND: Low-volume high-intensity interval training holds promise for cardiometabolic health promotion in adolescents, but sustainable interventions must be practical and engaging. We examined the effect of a school-based multi-activity low-volume high-intensity interval training intervention on adolescents' cardiometabolic health. METHODS: In an exploratory controlled before-and-after design, 101 adolescents (mean age ± standard deviation [SD] 14.0 ± 0.3 years) were recruited from four schools; two were designated as intervention sites (n = 41), and two as control (n = 60)...
2016: PloS One
Sevgi Anar Ozdinc, Fatma Nesrin Turan
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of ballet training on foot structure and the formation of the medial longitudinal arc in childhood, and the association of body mass index with structural change secondary to ballet training. METHODS: This study was conducted at Öykü Ballet and Dance School and Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey, from September 2007 to November 2008, and comprised girl students who were taking ballet classes, and a group of those who were not taking such who acted as the controls...
July 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Abraar Karan
As a third-year medical student on an internal medical clerkship, I learned the most important lesson about how to care for patients. I saw my attending physician give attention first to the person he was treating, and then to the patient and her clinical picture. They are not the same, and our training in medical school does not always teach us this distinction. Months later I found myself with an opportunity to truly help another individual who had been clinically and emotionally overcome by his disease. My attending physician's lesson guided me in a very meaningful way: it allowed me to remind a man that he was more than the disease he was fighting...
July 2016: Annals of Family Medicine
Agnieszka Nawrocka, Arkadiusz Mynarski, Aneta Powerska, Michal Rozpara, WiesLaw Garbaciak
BACKGROUND: Although the growing popularity of pole dance as a leisure-time activity of people of all ages, the problem of physical effects of exercise on the pole is not considered in the scientific literature. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the hand grip strength, body composition and postural stability of fitness pole dancers with different training experience. METHODS: Inclusion criteria were met by 52 female pole dancers. The research program included assessment of body composition (using BC-418 Segmental Body Composition Analyzer Tanita), hand grip strength by hydraulic dynamometer JAMAR, and postural stability using ALFA stabilometric platform...
July 6, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Tara Vongpaisal, Daniela Caruso, Zhicheng Yuan
Music perception of cochlear implants (CI) users is constrained by the absence of salient musical pitch cues crucial for melody identification, but is made possible by timing cues that are largely preserved by current devices. While musical timing cues, including beats and rhythms, are a potential route to music learning, it is not known what extent they are perceptible to CI users in complex sound scenes, especially when pitch and timbral features can co-occur and obscure these musical features. The task at hand, then, becomes one of optimizing the available timing cues for young CI users by exploring ways that they might be perceived and encoded simultaneously across multiple modalities...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Ana L Borges da Costa, Diane L Cox
Circle dance, which derives from the tradition of folk dances, is practised worldwide. This article explores the meanings participants attribute to it. In-depth interviews with 39 participants, teachers and coordinators of teacher training programmes from the circle dance network in the United Kingdom were undertaken. Applying a constructivist grounded theory approach, major categories, representing respectively the experiences of circle dance participants, teachers and coordinators, were developed. This article specifically focuses on the first major category, termed "I can't imagine life without it", which relates to the experience of 22 dancers...
April 2, 2016: Journal of Occupational Science
Alexis Buatois, Mathieu Lihoreau
Central-place foragers exploiting floral resources often use multi-destination routes (traplines) to maximise their foraging efficiency. Recent studies on bumblebees have showed how solitary foragers can learn traplines, minimising travel costs between multiple replenishing feeding locations. Here we demonstrate a similar routing strategy in the honeybee (Apis mellifera), a major pollinator known to recruit nestmates to discovered food resources. Individual honeybees trained to collect sucrose solution from four artificial flowers arranged within 10 m of the hive location developed repeatable visitation sequences both in the laboratory and in the field...
August 15, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
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