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Readiness for En Pointe Work in Young Ballet Dancers Are There Proven Screening Tools and Training Protocols for a Population at Increased Risk of Injury?

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To progress to a high level in classical ballet, en pointe is a requirement. The aim of this literature review was to evaluate the available evidence relating to readiness for dancing en pointe, including injury rates in the adolescent dancer population, screening tools, and pre-pointe training methods. It has been emphasized that young dancers are a demographic at increased risk of injury, especially as they progress through the growth spurt and increase their training hours. Dancers are commonly screened at the pre-pointe level, but unfortunately the majority of evidence resulting from this process, as reported in the literature, is subjective in nature. Hence, there is large variance regarding an appropriate time or level to commence en pointe training, and it remains unclear what dance teachers should be looking for in making this decision. A further paucity of evidence is demonstrated with regard to pre-pointe training protocols or instruction; in this review, no published literature was found on the topic. As such, there is a clear need for further study of pre-pointe screening and en pointe training protocols.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of South Australia, School of Health Sciences, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia, University of South Australia, School of Health Sciences, GPO Box 247, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia;, Email: [email protected] 2: University of South Australia, School of Health Sciences, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia

Publication date: 01 March 2019

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