Research in Dance Medicine and Science

Research Participation Opportunities

To advertise for research participants, please fill in the Healthier Dancer Programme_research opportunities form. Email completed forms to hdp@onedanceuk.org

There is a growing body of dance medicine and science-focused research that aims to improve our understanding of what it takes to produce healthy, high performing dancers. 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.

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.

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.

 

How Freestyle Dance Teachers implement injury prevention methods within their safe practice.

Project summary: The aim of this study is to investigate into how Freestyle Dance Teachers implement injury prevention methods into their teaching of beginner girls aged 8 – 13 and boys ages 10 – 15.

Start date of the project: 16/09/2019    End Date of the project: 13/12/2019

Start date of testing: 24/10/2019    End date of testing: 10/11/2019

Research Setting: Online Survey on Survey Monkey website. Approx. duration to fill out: 10 minutes. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SCF6X2M

Confidentiality and ethical approval: The study has been approved by the Middlesex University Arts and the Creatives REC. Participants will complete a questionnaire online, privacy settings will be in place and all responses will be confidential. Anonymous responses will be stored on a secure password protected computer and deleted 6 months after completion of inquiry.

Inclusion Criteria (what type of person is needed):

  • Qualified* Freestyle Dance Teachers from the UK (*defined as having undertaken a Freestyle Dance Teacher qualification through a UK governing dance body).
  • Over the age of 18.

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

  • Anyone that isn’t a qualified Freestyle Dance Teacher
  • Anyone not from the UK
  • Anyone under the age of 18

Benefits to the participant: There are no direct personal benefits for the participant, but they will be contributing their personal knowledge and experience to a study which aims to help better understand injury prevention in Freestyle Dance; a subject that has very little research/information available.

Contact details:
Name: Samantha Cook

Email: sc2160@live.mdx.ac.uk

An exploration into pre-professional dancers’ experience of injury and their approach to treatment options.

Project summary: This study aims to explore the experiences of injury of pre-professional ballet dancers in elite training in the U.K, alongside factors that may influence treatment choices. The research will offer an insight into the choices of treatment dancers make when an injury is sustained during training. It will explore factors which may influence decisions when choosing treatment, choice of practitioner and preferred treatment modality.  The current literature suggests a need for preventative and rehabilitative measures to be employed to assist the health of young dancers in training, therefore, this research is aimed at developing a better understanding of young dancers’ attitudes towards pain and injury to contribute to education in this area.

Start date of the project: 3/12/19    End Date of the project: 1/3/20

Start date of testing: 3/12/19    End date of testing: 1/2/20

Research Setting: One interview will be required from each dancer. This will last 30-60 minutes. It can either take place at the institution where the dancer is studying, the London School of Osteopathy in Bermondsey, or Skype is also possible. Interview times can be arranged to suit the timetable of the dancer. Preferably to take place between now and the middle/end of January.

Confidentiality and ethical approval: Ethical approval has been granted from the Research Ethics Committee at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

At the earliest opportunity, pseudonyms will be assigned to transcripts and identifiable information will be separated from transcripts.      All data collected will remain in the European Economic Area (EEA) and stored securely on the researcher’s computer, which is password protected.

Inclusion Criteria (what type of person is needed): Dancers in full time training who train in ballet. It is expected that multiple dance disciplines are studied which is absolutely fine, provided there is also training in ballet. Dancers who have recently graduated (in the last year) are also invited to take part.

Exclusion Criteria (what might prevent someone from being able to participate): Dancers who do not study ballet. Dancers who are not in full time training. Dancers who have graduated over 2 years ago.

Benefits to the participant: It is unlikely that you will directly benefit from taking part in this research, however it may offer you a chance to reflect on and explore your own approach to injury and treatment. The research itself may develop better understanding of injury and pain amongst dancers which will contribute to education in this area.

Contact details:
Name: Hannah Vassallo

Mobile: 07739 189065

Email: hannah.vassallo@student.anglia.ac.uk

A questionnaire survey about professional dancers' awareness and perception of bodily sensations

Project summary: The primary aim of this quantitative study is to compare measures of self-reported interoceptive sensibility (IAs) in professional dancers with chronic pain (Study Group – SG1), acute/sub-acute pain (SG2) and dancers without pain (Control Group – CG). The secondary aim is to investigate the relationship between IAs and demographic data as well as IAs and confounding variables collected.

Start date of the project: 09/19     End Date of the project: 06/20

Start date of testing: 25/09/19            End date of testing: 15/11/20

Research Setting: Online survey on smartsurvey website. Approx. duration to fill-in 10 minutes. https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/UCO2020/

Confidentiality and ethical approval: The study has been approved by the University College of Osteopathy Ethics Committee. Participants will complete a questionnaire online on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliant internet survey hosting site Smart Survey (www.smartsurvey.co.uk) and the option not to save Internet Protocol (IP) addresses will be selected to ensure participant anonymity. The participants will therefore not be asked for any personal details (e.g. names, address) and it will not be possible to link responses to the participants. Anonymous responses will be stored on the secure UCO password protected computer network to maintain confidentiality of the data and will be securely deleted 6 years after completion.

Inclusion Criteria (what type of person is needed):

  • professional dancers* from any dance styles based in the United Kingdom (*defined as having been paid to work, rehearse or perform as a dancer for a combined period of 3 months or more over the past months, and if you personally identify primarily as a professional dancer).
  • living with or without pain
  • over the age of 18
  • have NOT been diagnosed with any cardiovascular (e.g. cardiomyopathy, heart failure), rheumatological (e.g. fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathies) or respiratory conditions (e.g. COPD).

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

  • dancing only for leisure or are still in dance training
  • NOT based in the United Kingdom
  • under the age of 18
  • have been diagnosed with any cardiovascular, rheumatological or respiratory conditions.

Benefits to the participant: There are no direct personal benefits for you in taking part but you will be contributing your experience to a study which aims to help healthcare practitioners better understand factors that may affect dancers’ body awareness and influence their responses to treatment.

Contact details:
Name: Maite Delafin

Mobile: 07512897385

Email: maite.delafin@uco.ac.uk  

DEAQ: Dance Energy Availability Questionnaire

Project summary: Low energy availability has been extensively researched in athletes involved in sport. To date, the situation amongst male and female dancers has not been investigated. The aim of this study is to assess awareness and risk of low energy availability amongst dancers, through a short online anonymous questionnaire. The findings from this study will help direct measures to optimise the health and performance of dancers in order to sustain a long and successful dance careers.

Start date of the project: 01/01/2019 

End Date of the project: 01/09/2020

Start date of testing: 28/04/2019

End date of testing: 01/06/2020

Research Setting: Online questionnaire completed anonymously, taking about 15 minutes can be completed anywhere worldwide.

Confidentiality and ethical approval: Ethical approval from Durham University 23/04/2019. Anonymous questionnaire all data securely held (see consent form at start of questionnaire)

Inclusion Criteria: Professional adult male and female dancers worldwide. All genres of dance invited to complete questionnaire.

Exclusion Criteria: Less than 18 years of age.

Benefits to the participant: The findings from the study will provide evidence and help direct measures to optimise the health and performance of dancers in order to sustain a long and successful dance careers.

Contact details:

Name: Dr Nicky Keay

Mobile: 07985 715740

Email: nicky@nickykeayfitness.com

Website: www.nickykeayfitness.com

Link to online DEAQ: https://durham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/deaq