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: hdp@onedanceuk.org.

 

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 (m.wyon@wlv.ac.uk) or Anne Tournillon (annetournillon@gmail.com)

Pressure pain assessments of injured and non-injured contemporary dancers prior to and following eccentric exercise

  1. Project title:

Pressure pain assessments of injured and non-injured contemporary dancers prior to and following eccentric exercise

  1. Project summary :

This project aims to understand the effects of past injury on contemporary dancers’ pain threshold and pain tolerance, particularly after a bout of moderate exercise (downhill walking). This study also aims to investigate how pain threshold and pain tolerance measures reflect the different dimensions of pain experience in contemporary dancers.

Start date of the project: 01 /07/ 2017     End Date of the project: 22/09/2017

Start date of testing: 06/07/2017            End date of testing: 29/07/2017

  1. Research Setting:

Testing periods will take place throughout the month of July; participants are required to attend 3 sessions on 3 consecutive days: Monday through Wednesday, or Thursday through Saturday; the first day of each testing period (Monday/Thursday) will occur at the Exercise Science lab at Kingston University (Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, KY1 2EE) and the second and third days of testing (Tuesday and Wednesday/Friday and Saturday) will occur at the Laban Building (Creekside, London, SE8 3DZ). The session on the first day will last approximately 1.5 hours and the sessions on the second and third days will last approximately 20 minutes. Exact times for sessions over the three days are flexible.

  1. Confidentiality and ethical approval:

All findings in this study will only be used for the purposes of this project. The participant will not be named, and if any images are used, participants will remain unidentifiable. If there is any aspect of the study which concerns a participant, they may make a complaint via the researcher or the research supervisor. The Trinity Laban Research Ethics Committee has reviewed and approved this project. Local ethical clearance for this study has been established with Kingston University under the Sport and Exercise Science laboratory block approval for teaching degree based research.

  1. Inclusion Criteria:

Dancers who are undertaking or have undertaken vocational or university training in contemporary dance, mixed-gender, ages 18 and up; dancers who have accrued an injury in the past year or two, and dancers who have not accrued any injury in the past year or two, or ever. Dancers must be able to travel to and from Kingston University and the Laban Building in the Greater London area. (Injury in this study will be defined as any physical complaint within the muscles or tendons that caused the absence from one or more days of dancer practice, rehearsal or performance.)

  1. Exclusion Criteria:

Dancers who are currently rehabbing an injury, and dancers who have accrued an injury or injuries within the past one or two years, but not muscular or tendinous in nature are discouraged from participating. Dancers who are currently taking prescription painkillers and dancers who cannot walk downhill for a prolonged

period of time will not be able to participate.

  1. Benefits to the participant:

Participants will be compensated with food/recovery snacks. Participants will help contribute to the current conversation on pain experience in dancers, which consequently seeks to improve health care for dancers.

  1. Contact details:

Name: Madison McGrew Mobile: +44 (0) 7729 045905

Email: Madison.M16@edu.trinitylaban.ac.uk Website: N/A

Aerobic fitness of professional contemporary dancers.

  1. Project title:

Aerobic fitness of professional contemporary dancers.

  1. Project summary:

The aim of this study is to examine the aerobic fitness of professional contemporary dancers.  As a participant, you will be asked to fill out a demographics questionnaire and complete a maximal aerobic fitness test. The demographics questionnaire will ask you questions about your current involvement in dance and supplemental exercise as well as general questions about the nature of your current employment. The maximal aerobic fitness test is a treadmill test during which both speed and incline will be incrementally increased.

Start date of the project: 05/06/17     End Date of the project: 18/09/17

Start date of testing:  20/06/17           End date of testing: 14/07/17

  1. Research Setting:

The testing will take place in the dance science lab of Trinity Laban.  Participants will be required to attend one hour long session. All days and times for testing will be scheduled based on the availability of the participant, the researchers, and the space.

  1. Confidentiality and ethical approval:

Ethical approval has been obtained from the ethics committee at Trinity Laban.  Confidentiality will be maintained by randomly assigning ID codes to participants and securely saving the data.

  1. Inclusion Criteria:

Participants must be over the age of 18 years, be a professional contemporary dancer and have performed or rehearsed in a contemporary dance performance or project in the last three months.

  1. Exclusion Criteria:

Dancers with lower limb injuries and women who are or might be pregnant.

  1. Benefits to the participant:

Valuable information about the participant’s aerobic capacity.  This aerobic test is part of the screening package offered by Trinity Laban.  The screening package is priced at £95.00 per individual and £80.00 for members of One Dance UK. Participating in this study is an opportunity to get the information from the aerobic test for free.

  1. Contact details:

Name: Gwen Baraniecki-Zwil                          Mobile: 7460 660656

Email: gwen.b16@edu.trinitylaban.ac.uk

Name: Emma Redding

Email: e.redding.trinitylaban.ac.uk