Hypermobility in the Performing Arts and Sport

  • Peter Beighton
  • Rodney Grahame
  • Howard Bird


Individuals endowed with hypermobility may excel in certain artistic occupations. The professional activities of ballet dancers, contortionists, musicians and sportsmen are all influenced by their range of joint movements. The wider implications of this situation are reviewed in this chapter.


Joint Laxity Joint Hypermobility Ligamentous Laxity Regular Training Ballet Dancer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Beighton
    • 1
  • Rodney Grahame
    • 2
  • Howard Bird
    • 3
  1. 1.MRC Research Unit for Inherited Skeletal Disorders, Medical School and Groot Schuur HospitalUniversity of Cape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Rheumatology Unit, Division of Medicine, United Medical and Dental SchoolsGuy’s HospitalLondonUK
  3. 3.Royal Bath HospitalUniversity of Leeds, and Clinical Pharmacology Unit (Rheumatism Research)HarrogateUK

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