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dc.contributor.authorWyon, Matthew
dc.contributor.authorNevill, Alan M.
dc.contributor.authorDekker, K.
dc.contributor.authorBrown, D. D.
dc.contributor.authorClarke, Frances
dc.contributor.authorPelly, J.
dc.contributor.authorKoutedakis, Yiannis
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-12T15:53:08Z
dc.date.available2011-08-12T15:53:08Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Sports Medicine, 31 (09):631
dc.identifier.issn0172-4622
dc.identifier.issn1439-3964
dc.identifier.doi10.1055/s-0030-1254137
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/139670
dc.description.abstractWe 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.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherGeorg Thieme Verlag
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.thieme-connect.de/DOI/DOI?10.1055/s-0030-1254137
dc.subjectAnthropometric
dc.subjectBallet
dc.subjectTendus
dc.subjectJump height
dc.subjectFlexibility
dc.titleEffect of Leg Length on ROM, VJ and Leg Dexterity in Dance
dc.typeJournal article
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Sports Medicine
html.description.abstractWe 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.


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