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dc.contributor.authorWyon, Matthew A.
dc.contributor.authorWeller, Peter
dc.contributor.authorEhrenberg, Shantel
dc.contributor.authorIrvine, Sarah
dc.contributor.authorQuin, Edel
dc.contributor.authorRafferty, Sonia
dc.contributor.authorRedding, Emma
dc.contributor.authorCox, Carol
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T13:05:14Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T13:05:14Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationThe development of a high intensity dance performance fitness test. 2009, 13 (1):3-9 J Dance Med Scien_GB
dc.identifier.issn1089-313X
dc.identifier.pmid19416609
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/313628
dc.description.abstractWhile there is currently a validated dance-specific exercise method of measuring aerobic fitness, no such test has been developed to measure high intensity capabilities in dance. The purpose of this study was to initiate an intermittent high intensity dance-specific fitness test. The test was designed to be able to observe changes in heart rate (HR), thereby allowing for a measurement of physical fitness at high intensities. Sixteen professional dancers (4 males and 12 females) volunteered to take part in this study. The fitness test protocol consists of movements that are representative of contemporary dance, and contains exercise and rest periods that mimic the intermittent nature of dance. The participants performed four trials. The physiological variables measured were HR (b.min(-1)) for each one minute bout of the four minute test for all trials, oxygen uptake (VO(2)) throughout the test, and end blood lactate (BLa mmol.L) for each trial. In addition, five of the participants undertook a maximal oxygen uptake treadmill test, and the scores obtained were compared with those from the dance test. Results show HR consistency across each one minute bout of the test and across each of the four trials of testing for all participants, indicating that the test is reliable. There was good reliability between bouts of each trial (typical error as % of CV = 1.5), intraclass "r" = 0.8, and good reliability between the four trials (typical error as % of CV = 2.1), intraclass "r" = 0.82. There were no significant differences between the maximal VO(2) and BLa scores established in the treadmill and dance tests, demonstrating validity. Thus, the results of this study indicate that the high intensity dance-specific test is a reliable and valid means of assessing and monitoring the cardiovascular fitness of dancers. The test allows dancers to be assessed within an environment that they are accustomed to (the studio), using a mode of exercise that is relevant (dance), and it is of adequate intensity to be representative of performance.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Journal of dance medicine & science : official publication of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Scienceen_GB
dc.subject.meshAdulten_GB
dc.subject.meshAnalysis of Varianceen_GB
dc.subject.meshDancingen_GB
dc.subject.meshExerciseen_GB
dc.subject.meshExercise Testen_GB
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_GB
dc.subject.meshHeart Rateen_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.meshMaleen_GB
dc.subject.meshOxygen Consumptionen_GB
dc.subject.meshPhysical Exertionen_GB
dc.subject.meshPhysical Fitnessen_GB
dc.subject.meshReproducibility of Resultsen_GB
dc.titleThe development of a high intensity dance performance fitness test.en
dc.typeJournal article
dc.identifier.journalJournal of dance medicine & science : official publication of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Scienceen_GB
html.description.abstractWhile there is currently a validated dance-specific exercise method of measuring aerobic fitness, no such test has been developed to measure high intensity capabilities in dance. The purpose of this study was to initiate an intermittent high intensity dance-specific fitness test. The test was designed to be able to observe changes in heart rate (HR), thereby allowing for a measurement of physical fitness at high intensities. Sixteen professional dancers (4 males and 12 females) volunteered to take part in this study. The fitness test protocol consists of movements that are representative of contemporary dance, and contains exercise and rest periods that mimic the intermittent nature of dance. The participants performed four trials. The physiological variables measured were HR (b.min(-1)) for each one minute bout of the four minute test for all trials, oxygen uptake (VO(2)) throughout the test, and end blood lactate (BLa mmol.L) for each trial. In addition, five of the participants undertook a maximal oxygen uptake treadmill test, and the scores obtained were compared with those from the dance test. Results show HR consistency across each one minute bout of the test and across each of the four trials of testing for all participants, indicating that the test is reliable. There was good reliability between bouts of each trial (typical error as % of CV = 1.5), intraclass "r" = 0.8, and good reliability between the four trials (typical error as % of CV = 2.1), intraclass "r" = 0.82. There were no significant differences between the maximal VO(2) and BLa scores established in the treadmill and dance tests, demonstrating validity. Thus, the results of this study indicate that the high intensity dance-specific test is a reliable and valid means of assessing and monitoring the cardiovascular fitness of dancers. The test allows dancers to be assessed within an environment that they are accustomed to (the studio), using a mode of exercise that is relevant (dance), and it is of adequate intensity to be representative of performance.


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