Menu
Entertainment

Study finds ballet to be one of most dangerous activities

RISKY BUSINESS: Accomplished ballet dancer Tiffany Lane-Krebs knows to approach dancing with care, or risk injury.
RISKY BUSINESS: Accomplished ballet dancer Tiffany Lane-Krebs knows to approach dancing with care, or risk injury. Max Fleet BUNDNC

GRUELLING training regimes are placing young ballet dancers at risk of serious injury, a new study has revealed.

The study, published by Sports Medicine Australia in The Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, found that extremely high and unvaried training loads, coupled with the impact of adolescent growth spurts, may predispose young pre-professional dancers to high levels of overuse injury.

The occurrence of injuries in 266 dancers aged 16-19 years from three elite ballet schools in London was monitored over the period of one school year.

Lead author Christina Ekegren at Monash University said more than three quarters of the dancers monitored sustained an injury over that period.

"Of the injuries sustained, a number were quite severe, with 23 of the 378 injuries requiring surgery, and as many as 60% requiring investigation through medical imaging," she said.

"Previous research has confirmed that dance, and in particular, ballet, is one of the most demanding physical activities undertaken by young people."

Bundaberg dance teacher Dianne McLellan said she understood those injuries could occur as young ballet dancers made the transition to full-time dancing.

"When that happens sometimes their bodies are not prepared," she said. "I'm very aware of that and am very careful with those children. We are very careful with warm-up and warm-downs."

Katrina Lane-Krebs whose daughter, Tiffany, recently competed at the National Dance Championships said sometimes young dancers were in too much of a hurry to go to an en pointe shoe which was seen as a rite of passage.

"One of the key injuries is damage to the foot because one of the bones has not been developed sufficiently to allow them to go up onto those blocks," she said. "Any professional dance school will do an assessment of the dancer prior to allowing them to use a dance shoe."

Ms Ekegren said overuse was the most common cause of injury, with 72% of injuries occurring as a result of overuse and likely exacerbated by high training loads without adequate recovery time.

"Given that injuries sustained by young dancers during their training often recur in their professional careers and are a leading cause of early retirement, if young dancers could avoid injury they could potentially extend their professional longevity.''

Topics:  ballet dancing editors picks



Son says mother drove road daily for 30 years before crash

The scene of a serious crash at South Kolan.

The crash has shut down both lanes of Bundaberg Gin Gin Rd

Car on roof after crash at roundabout

ROLLOVER: An elderly couple are being treated by paramedics are rolling their car down an embankment.

The crash happened just before 11.15am

Police sink inflatable pool refund scam

In the Bundaberg Magistrates Court, Mayes pleaded guilty to one count of fraud.

Bundy man busted for returns

Local Partners

James Franco shut out of Oscar nominations

HE WON a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Award earlier this month, but James Franco’s been snubbed by the Oscars after being claims of “sexually exploitative...

Netflix cops $48m Kevin Spacey hit

Netflix’s $48 million Kevin Spacey hit. Netflix sales up by a over a third

Netflix temporarily halted production of House of Cards.

Neil Diamond cancels shows after Parkinson's diagnosis

Neil Diamond in concert.

'It is with great disappointment that I announce my retirement.''

Test leaves US ace ‘wanting more’

Jordan Taylor takes the new Red Bull ZB Commodore for a spin.

Commodore test leaves US sportscar gun Jordan Taylor ‘wanting more’

Bay dancer moving to Paris to perform at Disneyland

LOCAL LEGEND: Dancer Lili Wellings is set to move to Paris in May.

Lili Wellings is living every young dancers dream.

Hemsworth’s surprise appearance in Dundee reboot

Chris Hemsworth brings his star power to the Dundee reboot.

CHRIS Hemsworth is adding some star power to the latest Aussie reboot

How Oscars will avoid another catastrophe

Jordan Horowitz, producer of "La La Land," left, shows the envelope revealing "Moonlight" as the true winner of best picture at the Oscars in Los Angeles as presenter Warren Beatty and host Jimmy Kimmel, right, look on.

The winning envelope mixup will not be repeated as The Oscars undergo shake-up