Injury occurrence in hip hop dance: An online cross-sectional cohort study of breakers
AbstractBreaking is the most physical of the hip hop dance styles, but little research has examined the health and well-being of its participants. Using a cross-sectional recall design a self-report online health and wellbeing survey was open for a 5-month period. 320 adult break dancers (16% professional, 65% student/recreational) with a minimum of 6-months experience completed the survey. The main outcome measures were self-report injury incidence and aetiology and training hours. Respondents (52%) trained between 4-9 hours per week over 3 days; significantly less than theatrical dancers. 71.1% reported a dance-related injury and 44.5% reporting being currently injured at time of survey. Self-reported types of injury were significantly different from other dance genres; the most frequently injured were arms/hands (40.6%), shoulders (35.9%), knees (32.2%), neck (22.8%) and ankles (15.6%). When injured, 29% respondents either took their own preventative steps or continued to dance carefully, 20% sought medical professional help; “yourself” was the most cited influence on returning to dance after injury (47%). The current survey highlighted the potential differences between different dance genres particularly regarding injury incidence and aetiology.
CitationTsiouti, N. and Wyon, M. (2021) Injury occurrence in hip hop dance: An online cross-sectional cohort study of breakers, Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 25(1), pp. 2-8.
PublisherJ.Michael Ryan Publishing Inc.
JournalJournal of Dance Medicine and Science
DescriptionThis is an accepted manuscript of an article published by J. Michael Ryan Publishing Inc. in Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, available online at: https://doi.org/10.12678/1089-313X.031521a The accepted version of the publication may differ from the final published version.
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