Project seeks to improve dancers’ health

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 08 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a721

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  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    A new research project aims to discover why dancers have such a high rate of injuries and to examine ways to keep them fit and healthy.

    Matthew Wyon, reader in performance science at the University of Wolverhampton, said, “Dancers have a huge injury occurrence: 80% of dancers incur at least one injury a year that affects their ability to perform.” In comparison, he said, footballers or rugby players have an injury rate of 20%. “And dance isn’t even a contact sport. We need to look properly at why this is.”

    The dancers’ health pilot scheme has been devised by Dance UK in partnership with the Olympic Medical Institute, the …

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