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Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Strategies for Dancers: A Qualitative Study

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This was a qualitative study utilizing a phenomenological approach. The purpose was to determine what rehabilitation strategies physical therapists use with dancers and to discuss techniques for implementing these strategies from both the dancer's and the physical therapist's perspectives. Self-administered questionnaires were sent via email to dancers and physical therapists. Purposeful sampling was done through use of a criterion sampling method that required participants to have experienced dancer rehabilitation. Data were correlated to find common strategies and to encourage modification of current approaches. Physical therapists returned 29 surveys, while dancers returned eight. Five themes were identified in the areas of: 1. evaluation, 2. dance modification, 3. interventions, 4. education, and 5. communication. The conclusion of this study was that successful rehabilitative strategies involve ongoing evaluation that incorporates knowledge of dance technique and performance, dance-centered movement modification that is clearly defined, and an understanding of dance lingo.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Physical Therapy, University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota, USA; Reynolds Rehab, 43 Main Street S.E., Suite 223, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414, USA. [email protected]

Publication date: 2013-03-01

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