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Effects of Aerobic Endurance, Muscle Strength, and Motor Control Exercise on Physical Fitness and Musculoskeletal Injury Rate in Preprofessional Dancers: An Uncontrolled Trial.
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PMID:  22607780     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate musculoskeletal injury rate and physical fitness before and 6 months after an endurance, strength, and motor control exercise program in preprofessional dancers. METHODS: This uncontrolled trial was completed at a college offering a professional bachelor degree in dance. Forty preprofessional dancers underwent a test battery before and after a 6-month lasting exercise program in addition to their regular dance lessons. Physical fitness was evaluated by means of a submaximal exercise test with continuous physiological monitoring and by a field test for explosive strength. Anthropometric measurements were taken to analyze the influence of fitness training on body composition. Musculoskeletal injury incidence and quality of life were recorded during the 6-month lasting intervention. An intention-to-treat analysis ("last observation carried forward" method) was used with a Student t test for normally distributed variables. The Wilcoxon signed rank and Mann-Whitney U tests were used as nonparametric tests. RESULTS: Physical fitness improved after the 6 months of additional training program (P<.05). The waist:hip ratio (P=.036) and the sum of the measured subcutaneous skin thickness (P=.001) significantly decreased. Twelve dancers developed musculoskeletal complaints, requiring temporary interruption of dancing. CONCLUSIONS: The combination of regular dance lessons with an additional exercise program resulted in improved physical fitness in preprofessional dancers, without affecting the aesthetical appearance. A relatively high injury rate was observed during the intervention period. These results suggest that a randomized, controlled trial should be performed to examine the effectiveness of additional exercise in dancers on physical fitness and musculoskeletal injury rate.
Wilhelm Mistiaen; Nathalie A Roussel; Dirk Vissers; Liesbeth Daenen; Steven Truijen; Jo Nijs
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-6586     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
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Created Date:  2012-5-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7807107     Medline TA:  J Manipulative Physiol Ther     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 National University of Health Sciences. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
Professor (Lecturer), Artesis University College, Department of Health Care Sciences, Antwerp, Belgium; Professor (Lecturer), Faculty of Medicine, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium.
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