This study evaluated the effects of a back strengthening program for dancers enrolled in a university-based, professional training program. A within-subject research design revealed that the training program increased lumbar extensor strength 14% to 151%. Follow-up measurements taken
up to a year after training showed that strength gains were sustained well above baseline levels. Corresponding increases in arabesque height, improvements in dancers' ratings of their own strength, and a reduction in the number of classes and rehearsals missed due to back pain all suggest
the importance of these strength gains. This study replicates prior research with non-dancers and demonstrates a potentially useful strategy for avoiding back problems among dancers.
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Florida State University Dance Department, 404 Montgomery Gym, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2120
Directing physician at Backs in Shape, Tallahassee, Florida
Department of Psychology at Florida State University, Tallahasse, Florida
Graduated from the Department of Dance at Florida State University and now performs in New York, New York
Publication date: 1998-12-01
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