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Phys Ther Sport. 2016 Jan;17:51-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2015.04.004. Epub 2015 May 9.

Postural adjustments in young ballet dancers compared to age matched controls.

Author information

1
Physiotherapy Course, Federal University of Alfenas, Jovino Fernandes Sales, 2600 Avenue, Bairro Santa Clara, Alfenas, Minas Gerais, 37130-000, Brazil. Electronic address: deniseiunes@unifal-mg.edu.br.
2
Physiotherapy Course, Federal University of Alfenas, Jovino Fernandes Sales, 2600 Avenue, Bairro Santa Clara, Alfenas, Minas Gerais, 37130-000, Brazil.
3
Physiotherapy Course, Federal University of Uberlândia, R. Benjamin Constant, 1286 - Bairro Aparecida, Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, 38400-678, Brazil.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of the study was to use photogrammetry to evaluate the posture of ballet practitioners compared to an age-matched control group.

DESIGN:

One hundred and eleven 7- to 24-year-old female volunteers were evaluated and were divided into two groups: the ballet practising group (n = 52) and the control group (n = 59), divided into three subgroups according to age and years of ballet experience.

RESULTS:

Dancers with 1-3 years experience compared to controls of the same age shows alterations in External Rotation Angle (P < 0.05). Dancers 4-9 years experience show alterations in Lumbar Lordosis, Pelvis Tilt Angle and Navicular Angle Right and Left (P < 0.05). Dancers with over 9 years experience show alterations in External Rotation and Navicular Angle Left (P < 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

Research shows there are differences between dancers and controls. In the groups 1-3 years and over 9 years of experience, the External Rotation Angle is greater. In the group 4-9 years of experience the Lumbar Lordosis Angle is greater and Pelvis Tilt, Navicular Angle Left and Right are smaller. In more than 9 years of ballet experience, the Navicular Angle Left is smaller.

KEYWORDS:

Ballet; Photogrammetry; Physiotherapy; Posture

PMID:
26586041
DOI:
10.1016/j.ptsp.2015.04.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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