Injury Prevention for Modern Dancers: A Pilot Study of an Educational Intervention
Modern dancers suffer a high rate of musculoskeletal injuries. Preventing injury prolongs dance careers and eases financial burden on both individual dancers and dance companies alike. A medical student partnered with Garth Fagan Dance to develop a curriculum to teach principles of injury prevention specific to preprofessional and professional modern dancers. Quantitative assessments showed a significant increase in participant injury prevention knowledge after completion of the course (P < 0.0001). Participants’ concern that injury may end their careers showed no significant change after the course (P = 0.35). Injury prevention and dance-related injuries were reported the most often as useful topics while weight management was reported the least often as a useful topic. Qualitative evaluations showed that participants’ found a course on injury prevention valuable and desired a course of longer duration that includes a greater number of topics. These findings show that modern dancers perceive an educational course on injury prevention as valuable and retain information presented in the course in the short-term. Further study is warranted to assess changes in injury rates after the course and to continue to improve curriculum content and implementation.
KeywordsDancing Prevention Education Injury Curriculum
We would like to thank all study participants who shared their time and beliefs to benefit this study. Thank you to Garth Fagan Dance for their support and use of their facilities and dancers. A special thanks to Natalie Rogers-Cropper, school director of the Garth Fagan Dance School for suggesting this project, her guidance, and her assistance with the curriculum.
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