A retrospective investigation on age and gender differences of injuries in DanceSport

Premelč, Jerneja, Vučković, Goran, James, Nic ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4181-9501 and Dimitriou, Lygeri ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5093-558X (2019) A retrospective investigation on age and gender differences of injuries in DanceSport. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH), 16 (21) , 4164. ISSN 1661-7827 [Article] (doi:10.3390/ijerph16214164)

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In spite of the extensive research on incidence site and type of injury in ballet and modern dancers, limited studies on injury in DanceSport have been reported. Therefore, this study determined retrospectively (within last 12 months) incidence, severity, site and type of injury, between gender and age-class in DanceSport. Participants were 97 international sport-dancers (female, 41; male, 56). Sixty-six (69%) dancers reported 96 injuries (1.00 (range = 4)) injuries per dancer) and an injury incidence of 1.7 (range = 14) per 1000 h. Females revealed significantly higher median injury incidence (females, 2.6 (range = 14); males, 1.9 (range = 9), p 0.05) than males. A total of 61.5% of all injuries recorded were traumatic with a significant gender difference (Wald chi-square = 11.616, df = 1, p 0.01). Injury severity was 3 (range 240) days with an interaction effect between gender and age-class (Wald chi-square = 251.374, df = 3, p 0.001). Meanwhile, 72.3% of the dancers reported not including sport specific exercises besides dancing. These findings show gender and age-class differences in injury incidence, type and severity. Therefore, to reduce the likelihood of injuries, the implementation of supplemental DanceSport specific exercises that also considers the gender and age-class anatomical, functional, and choreographic demand differences in the training program should be recognized.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): injuries, dance, ballroom, incidence, age
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute
Item ID: 28069
Notes on copyright: © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.
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Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2019 10:08
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2020 09:23
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/28069

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