This study compared the physical effort imposed on teachers and students during dance training sessions as well as on the students when they were teaching as a part of their education. Eleven dance teachers (mean age: 39 ± 7 years) and 11 dance students (mean age: 24 ±
2 years) participated. Before the study maximal heart rate was measured in a maximal cycle ergometer test and maximal oxygen uptake (°VO2 max) was estimated from the heart rate during a submaximal test with correction for the individual maximal heart rate. Heart rate (HR), blood
lactate concentration, and fluid loss were measured during the dance training sessions. Effort during sessions was expressed as the percentage of the individual maximal heart rate.°VO2 max was not significantly different between teachers and students. During training as well
as teaching the average HR was approximately 70% of maximal and did not differ between training students, teachers, and students as teachers. It may be questioned whether these findings and the amount of teaching hours (25 to 29 hours per week) can explain why most dance teachers leave the
profession before official retirement age.
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Document Type: Research Article
Department for Medical Laboratory Sciences and Technology, Division of Clinical Physiology, Huddinge University Hospital, University College of Dance Box 27 043, S-102 51 Stockholm, Sweden
Publication date: 1997-12-01
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