NYCB DANCERS BONE UP ON INJURY PREVENTION.
Perhaps predictably, Linda Hamilton and her colleagues found a correlation between age and injuries. Dancers who were over 21 years old tended to be hurt more often than younger ones. They noticed, however, that younger dancers were more likely to suffer from stress fractures and other over-use injuries often brought on by a combination of intense exercise, low weight and dieting. Hamilton says many over-use injuries could be easily avoided if dancers would eat a healthier diet that includes plenty of calcium.
The doctors also found that dancers who were getting hurt tended to be the ones who didn't take class or cross-train during company breaks. Weight training and stationary cycling, says Hamilton, could reduce the number of injuries suffered. "Who knows, maybe we'll install stationary bikes at New York State Theater," she says.
Finally, the physicians found a relationship between anxiety and injuries. Dancers who took yoga or underwent psychological counseling were physically healthier than those who didn't engage in some form of stress management.
The new wellness program will focus on all these areas, but Hamilton says the curriculum will be further refined to respond to individual company members' specific needs. "For a long time, there's been a gap between dance science and the dance community," says Hamilton. "Dancers tend to focus on the outcome of their training rather than the process. But it's important to remember that getting there in a healthy way doesn't compromise your goals."
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|Title Annotation:||New York City Ballet offers wellness program|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2001|
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