Perception of Musculoskeletal Injury in Professional Dancers

This study has been completed.
University of Southern Denmark
Lund University
Hadassah Medical Organization
Information provided by:
University Health Network, Toronto Identifier:
First received: November 5, 2007
Last updated: February 12, 2009
Last verified: February 2009

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.

Musculoskeletal System
Disability Evaluation
Wounds and Injuries

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Perception of Musculoskeletal Injury in Professional Dancers, an International Comparison

Further study details as provided by University Health Network, Toronto:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Self Estimated Functional Inability because of Pain (SEFIP) Perception of Injury Questionnaire [ Time Frame: Point prevalence ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Numeric Rating Scale, Perception of Injury Questionnaire [ Time Frame: Point prevalence ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 266
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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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Professional Dancers


Inclusion Criteria:

  • All dancers employed by the National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Dance Theatre, Batsheva Dance Company and Ensemble, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, the Royal Swedish Ballet, and the Royal Danish Ballet will be included in the study. Additional dance companies from Sweden, Israel, Denmark and Canada (and other countries) may be invited to participate. If so, then identical protocols will be followed for all companies.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any dancer less than 18 years of age will be excluded from the study.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00554957

Canada, Ontario
Toronto Western Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 2S8
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Health Network, Toronto
University of Southern Denmark
Lund University
Hadassah Medical Organization
Principal Investigator: J. David Cassidy, PhD, DrMedSc Toronto Western Research Institute
Study Director: Craig L Jacobs, BFA, DC Toronto Western Research Institute
  More Information

Ramel EM, et al, Validation of a pain questionnaire (SEFIP) for dancers with a specially created test battery, Medical Problems of Performing Artists; December 1999.
Hamilton LH et al, Factors contributing to the attrition rate in elite ballet students, Journal of Dance Medicine and Science;1997;1(4).

Responsible Party: Craig Jacobs, Artists' Health Centre Foundation Research Programme Identifier: NCT00554957     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 06-0930-AE
Study First Received: November 5, 2007
Last Updated: February 12, 2009
Health Authority: Canada: Ethics Review Committee

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Wounds and Injuries processed this record on May 21, 2015