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New app helps dancers locate specialist healthcare and advice

3 Mar 2017

 

Dance Longer Dance Stronger announces the launch of a new app designed especially to enable performers to locate – at the touch of a button – a range of specialist healthcare and reliable resources, right across the UK.

The Performers Health Hub app brings together the most up-to-date information about dance specific healthcare, both private and NHS, together with reliable, evidence-based resources in an easy to use format.

The app has been developed in response to the high injury rate among dancers and the lack of time available due to the nature of their work, to conduct thorough research in locating top quality healthcare.

Around 80% of all dancers will suffer an injury each year through training, rehearsal of performance* or as a result of fatigue and overwork, insufficient warming-up or cooling-down, recurring injury or not being able to respond to the early warning signs of injury**.

Due to the nature of their work, and the demands of their complex schedules, dancers, teachers and choreographers can find it extremely challenging to find the sufficient time needed in order to locate reliable, dance specialist care and resources. This can lead to many dancers abandoning the search altogether and working through an injury.

This is where the Performers Health Hub comes in. 

The app will house up-to-date information about specialist healthcare, and reliable, evidence-based resources on a range of health topics including fitness, first-aid for dancers, nutrition and hypermobility, and will take the user to the information they need via a few simple questions.

Director of Dance Longer Dance Stronger Claire Farmer comments: ‘By housing this vital information in one place, the app removes the need to spend precious time searching the internet and attempting to establish the quality and reliability of the information available there. Dancers can quickly find dance specialist healthcare practitioners and clinical services, providing the expert knowledge that can help dancers then return to the studio quicker.’

Resources on the Performers Health Hub are drawn from a consortium of organisations at the forefront of dance medicine and science research and advocacy including National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, One Dance UK, Safe in Dance International and British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and will be continually updated as research progresses.

We are already looking to the future for the Performers Health Hub, with plans to add USA specific healthcare over the next 6 – 8 months and add further countries in future, allowing performers to refer to one app when on tour.  To download the app please visit the Apple or Google stores.

Disclaimer: The information on this app is not intended to diagnose an injury.  If you are concerned about an injury please always consult a registered healthcare professional.  To query any of the information highlighted in this app please contact the organisation or author directly.

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