Perception of Musculoskeletal Injury in Professional Dancers
The annual frequency of injury among dancers has been reported to range between 23-84% while as many as 95% of professional dancers have ongoing pain. The discrepancy between the number of reported injuries and the amount of pain reported at any given time could be related to the definition of injury, or how dancers' themselves perceive injury with respect to pain and activity limitation thresholds. For many reasons, dancers may be dancing through or past what health care providers may conceive as injury. This can put them at risk of further or chronic injury. The purpose of this study is to understand at which point pain limits a dancer's ability to continue to perform and whether this is influenced by available medical services, a supportive dance environment, or other factors. In addition, the issue of non-reporting of injuries will be studied. This is very important as this will affect all measures of injury frequency and risk for dancers.
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|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
|Official Title:||Perception of Musculoskeletal Injury in Professional Dancers, an International Comparison|
- Self Estimated Functional Inability because of Pain (SEFIP) Perception of Injury Questionnaire [ Time Frame: Point prevalence ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Numeric Rating Scale, Perception of Injury Questionnaire [ Time Frame: Point prevalence ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||April 2007|
|Study Completion Date:||June 2008|
All dancers with the National Ballet of Canada will be given the opportunity to participate in the study.
All dancers with the Toronto Dance Theatre will be given the opportunity to participate.
All members of the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance company will be given the opportunity to participate.
All dancers with the Batsheva Dance Company or Ensemble will be given the opportunity to participate.
All dancers with the Royal Swedish Ballet will be given the opportunity to participate.
All dancers with the Royal Danish Ballet will be given the opportunity to participate.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00554957
|Toronto Western Hospital|
|Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 2S8|
|Principal Investigator:||J. David Cassidy, PhD, DrMedSc||Toronto Western Research Institute|
|Study Director:||Craig L Jacobs, BFA, DC||Toronto Western Research Institute|