Stability training has become a recognized component of dance training in the past decade. Drawing on knowledge applied in sports and spinal rehabilitation, dancers are now able to enhance their performance by applying similar principles in their training. The main issue with stability training is one of being able to recognize the difference between muscle strength training and muscle skill acquisition. Motor control principles underlie stability training as it is the long-term, learned, skill of effective muscle recruitment that is desired rather than short-term strengthening of these muscles. We know that the musculoskeletal system is not an inherently stable structure and ultimately relies on muscle activity to maintain its integrity. This article explores both local and global stability muscle systems, the processes of skill acquisition, and highlight the differences between stability and rigidity.
Document Type: Review Article
Director of Dance Medicine Australia, Clinical Pilates and Physiotherapy, Melbourne, 10 Cecil Place, Prahran Victoria 3181, Australia