Synopses & Reviews
Dance is a dangerous business. The scientific and medical communities are now beginning to acknowledge that many forms of dance are as strenuous and physically demanding as most sports activities. Indeed, several scientific and dance studies report that dancers face a greater risk of suffering long-term disabilities than other elite athletes. Certainly it is fairly safe to assume that most professional and pre-professional dancers will be injured at some time in their careers. The Fit and Healthy Dancer is a long overdue contribution to dance literature that empowers dancers and their tutors. For the first time, the authors treat dancers as performing athletes and present essential exercise science information in a user-friendly style to help readers prevent injury and maintain good health. This volume will help dance and drama students and their teachers, professional dancers dance fitness instructors and choreographers, physiotherapists and medical practitioners appreciate the importance of a whole host of fitness-related concepts including:
- energy and energy production
- nutrition to fuel dance
- principles and training of endurance, strength and power, mobility and flexibility
- the importance of warm-up and cool-down
- weight balance and the effects of reduced body weight in dancers
- bone density, osteoporosis, amenorrhoea and the most common injuries in dancers
- the causes of injuries, overtraining, exercise induced asthma
- life after a professional dance career
"Yiannis Koutedakis and Craig Sharp have written a very comprehensive and informative book that delves into the reasons behind dance injuries and also provides readers with an understanding of methods to improve their standards of fitness and eliminate unnecessary dance injuries." —Cynthia Harvey
"The time has come to take advantage of all the knowledge contained in this book to ensure that our dancers are fitter and healthier in the future." —Sir Peter Wright CBE, Director Laureate, Birmingham Royal Ballet
Regardless of the grace of their movement, dancers experience injuries more often than the lugs bucking heads on the rugby field or in the boxing ring. On average, dancers are only marginally fitter than the average person on the street, smoke far too much, and do not eat properly, yet still stretch their bodies to extreme levels in the name of performance, and not surprisingly suffer a litany of injuries. This book examines the impact of a variety of dance forms, and puts forth a program for improving training, building stamina, and reducing the risk of injury.
Some of Britain's 25,000 professional dancers are so unfit that they are sustaining more injuries than players of contact sports such as rugby and boxing. This volume focuses on prevention of injury and maintenance of good health.
Table of Contents
Fuel for Dance: Energy and Energy Production.
Energy Cost of Different Forms of Dance.
Nutrition to Fuel Dance.
The Human Body: Body Composition and its Assessment.
Anatomy and Function of Bones and Skeleton.
Skeleton Muscle and Muscle Fibre Characteristics (Slow and Fast Muscle Fibres, Different Types of Muscle Contraction).
Fit for Dance: Aspects Affecting General Physical Performance and Fitness.
The Definition, Assessment and Training of Muscle Strength, Muscle Power, Muscle Aerobic and Anaerobic Endurance.
Training for Speed, Power and Endurance.
Training for Strength.
Recovery from Exercise.
The Importance of Warm-up and Cool-down.
Medical and Health Aspects of Dance: Energy Balance and Weight Balance.
The Effects of Reduced Body Weight in Dancers: Bone Density, Osteoporsis, Amenorrhoea.
The Most Common Injuries in Dancers.
The Causes of Injuries.
Exercise Induced Asthma.
Physiological/Anatomical Sex Differences Related to Dance.
Paediatric Physiology Associated with Dance and Health.