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Int J Sports Med. 2010 Sep;31(9):631-5. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1254137. Epub 2010 Jun 29.

Effect of leg length on ROM, VJ and leg dexterity in dance.

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School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure, Walsall, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. m.wyon@wlv.ac.uk

Abstract

We investigated the associations between leg length and specific ballet movements in different skill groups. Volunteers were from an undergraduate dance programme (n=18), a pre-professional school (n=43) and from an elite classical ballet company (n=45). Individual data were collected for anthropometry, vertical jump, leg dexterity, and leg active and passive ROM. ANCOVA identified both main effects as significant with regard to vertical jump (gender P<0.001 and skill P=0.017); leg length was also identified as a significant covariate (P=0.023). Analysis of leg dexterity identified no significant effects with gender, skill or leg length. Active and passive range of motion noted gender (P=0.001) and skill (P<0.001) differences. Leg length was found to be negatively associated with both active and passive ROM (P=0.002). In conclusion, the present data highlight the diverse and conflicting effects of leg length on fundamental ballet skills. The longer legs that benefit vertical jump have a negative influence on range of motion and leg dexterity except for highly skilled dancers, who through skill, seem to have overcome the effects of some of these dichotomies.

PMID:
20589589
DOI:
10.1055/s-0030-1254137
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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