Research in Dance Medicine and Science

Research Participation Opportunities

There is a growing body of Dance Medicine and Science focused research that aims to significantly improve our understanding of what it takes to produce healthy, high performing dancers. Organisations such as The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) promote research excellence within the dance medicine and science community as well as producing resources to disseminate research recommendations within the wider dance community.

Remember that research cannot happen without participants, so as dancers, teachers, choreographers, and those actively working within the dance industry you have a very valuable role to play within the scientific research process.

We know that many professional dance companies and vocational dance schools are frequently approached by researchers, undergraduate as well as postgraduate, to take part in their projects. In order to help prevent these dancers suffering from ‘research fatigue’, while encouraging participation in research, we have produced a checklist (below) for schools and companies to help you decide on the quality of research opportunities presented to you and prioritise those you take part in. These points could also apply to individuals in deciding whether to participate in research or not.

Research participation checklist:

  • Is the research at postgraduate level, with the intention for it to be published?
  • Is the research applied research that will have a practical bearing on dancers’ health, wellbeing, performance capabilities or education, on an individual level, organisational level or for the dance world at large?
  • Is the researcher planning to or have they sought input from dance professionals in choosing what to research and/or designing the research?
  • Is the researcher offering to provide feedback during and/or following the research that will be useful to the dancers and their work/training?
  • Have you or the researcher sought advice from One Dance UK’s HDP to ensure that this research project complements or adds to the research knowledge base and is not unnecessarily duplicating work already done?

If you can answer yes to these points it is likely to be worth your while taking part in a research project that may benefit dancers, company and the dance world at large.

Current opportunities:

Listed below are research projects being conducted by One Dance UK members, which are currently seeking participants. If you are interested in taking part please do get in touch with the researchers directly or if you have any questions or concerns contact the Healthier Dancer Programme:


Dance Floors

At the University of Wolverhampton (Walsall Campus), they are working with Harlequin Dance Floors to see which of their floors offers the best shock absorption during jumping. They are looking for participants to carry out three types of jumps whilst measuring the forces at ankle, knee and pelvis and the depth of plie. The whole test takes just over 30 minutes. If you are interested in trying out the different Harlequin Dance Floors and being a participant, please contact either Matthew Wyon ( or Anne Tournillon (

Dancer’s Wellbeing during Vocational Dance School

  1. Project title: Dancer’s Wellbeing during Vocational Dance School
  2. Project summary:

The project is aiming for graduated students to reflect back on their time spent at a vocational dance school (during the age of 11 to 17) and assess their wellbeing. How they coped with the experience, what they thought about the overall experience and if they felt they had enough support during their time. My project is also going to further investigate if enough is being done in these institutions to educate and protect young dancers health and wellbeing

Start date of the project :1/07/17

End Date of the project: 15/10/17

Start date of testing:25/08/17

End date of testing: 25/09/17

  1. Research Setting (institution, testing location, testing session duration, required # of sessions, potential days and times for testing):

An online survey, which they can fill out in their own time. If I wish to discuss some surveys further I may need to contact participants for Skype interviews, days and times can be arranged according to the needs to the participant.

  1. Confidentiality and ethical approval :

All ethics approved through the university. I shall keep names anonymous and specific names of schools shall not be mentioned. Details and survey responses shall be deleted once the project has been submitted and passed.

  1. Inclusion Criteria:

Graduates (from the past six years) that attended full time vocational dance schools between the ages of 11 to 17. They studied dance and academic in the same setting.

  1. Exclusion Criteria :

If they graduated up to six years ago.

If they did not attend a full time vocational dance school

If they did not study dance and academia in the same setting

  1. Benefits to the participant

They are helping to improve the future dancer’s health and wellbeing by participating in the research. They can receive results from the investigation if they wish.

  1. Contact details:

Name: Lisa Johnston Mobile: 07986275101


Pre-Professional Dancers' Experiences in Recovering from Injury


  1. Project title:

Pre-Professional Dancers’ Experiences in Recovering from Injury

  1. Project summary (Aims and objectives; maximum 150 words):

The research project is interested in investigating experiences of pre-professional dancers during recovery from injury.

The project aims to collect data from current fulltime dancers at vocational institutions and use it to understand the pressures and psychological battles experienced by injured dancers during time off to recover from injury and undertake rehabilitation.

By combining new data and reviewing dance injury literature, the project aims to contribute insight into these experiences and an awareness that can benefit both the dancer, and the support network of an injured dancer.

Start date of the project: 27/02/2017  End Date of the project: 31/12/2017

Start date of testing: 23/08/2017          End date of testing: 01/10/2017

  1. Research Setting (institution, testing location, testing session duration, required # of sessions, potential days and times for testing):

All research will take place online. It will be an anonymous survey which will take no longer than 30 minutes to complete and participants only have to do it once.

  1. Confidentiality and ethical approval:

Participants who provide their contact details can be identified via the raw data provided by Qualtrics, however the data is non-identifiable, and coding is used.

Ethics has been approved by the WAAPA/SAH Ethics Sub-Committee.

  1. Inclusion Criteria (what type of person do you want):

All participants must be enrolled fulltime at a University/ dance institution at a pre-professional level.

All participants must be able to read and understand the English text written in the survey.

The age range of the participants is between 17 to 25.

  1. Exclusion Criteria (what might prevent someone from being able to participate):

Dancers who have completed training will not be able to participate. Dancers who are under the age of 17 years old will also not be able to participate.

  1. Benefits to the participant:

Potential benefits for participants include a greater understanding of their own dance practise and injury maintenance.

Potential benefits for the wider community as well as participants includes new insight into best practice for dancers, and healthcare providers who are a point of contact for injured dancers.

  1. Contact details:

Name: Cassady-Rose Mann                              Mobile: (+61) 426 206 775

Email: Website: n/a

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