|Title: ||Effect of Leg Length on ROM, VJ and Leg Dexterity in Dance|
|Citation: ||International Journal of Sports Medicine, 31 (09):631|
|Publisher: ||Georg Thieme Verlag|
|Journal: ||International Journal of Sports Medicine|
|Issue Date: ||2010 |
|Additional Links: ||http://www.thieme-connect.de/DOI/DOI?10.1055/s-0030-1254137|
|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 skilled dancers, who through skill, seem to have overcome the effects of some of these dichotomies.|
|Appears in Collections: ||Learning and Teaching in Sport, Exercise and Performance|
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