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Injuries in a Modern Dance Company Effect of Comprehensive Management on Injury Incidence and Cost

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Injury costs strain the finances of many dance companies. The objectives of this study were to analyze the effect of comprehensive management on injury patterns, incidence, and time loss and examine its financial impact on Workers Compensation premiums in a modern dance company. In this retrospective-prospective cohort study, injury was defined as any physical insult that required financial outlay (Workers Compensation or self insurance) or caused a dancer to cease dancing beyond the day of injury (time-loss injury). Injury data and insurance premiums were analyzed over an eight-year period. Injuries were compared using a mixed linear model with phase and gender as fixed effects. It was found that comprehensive management resulted in 34% decline in total injury incidence, 66% decrease in Workers Compensation claims, and 56% decrease in lost days. These outcomes achieved substantial savings in Workers Compensation premiums. Thus, this study demonstrates the effectiveness of an injury prevention program in reducing injury-related costs and promoting dancers' health and wellness in a modern dance company.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Research Associate, Analysis of Dance and Movement (ADAM) Center, Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York 2: Associate Professor of Research and Director of ADAM Center, Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York

Publication date: 2011-09-01

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