Self-reported and reported injury patterns in contemporary dance students

Med Probl Perform Art. 2010 Mar;25(1):10-5.


Background: Injury is a major concern among dancers, as currently rates are reported as being high. The purpose of the present study was to assess the incidence and details of injuries across an academic year at a full-time contemporary dance school.

Methods: A questionnaire was distributed to 57 dancers at the end of their first academic year. Reported injury information was also retrieved from a database as collected from a physiotherapist over the same period.

Results: Differences were found between the reported and self-reported information, particularly with reference to shin injuries. The majority of injuries occurred in November and May, noted to be close to assessment periods.

Conclusion: Injury rates in contemporary dance are high; notably, 89% of dancers reported one or more injuries. This problem is particularly evident in the lower limb. Med Probl Perform Art 2010; 25:10-15.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Dancing / injuries*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Lower Extremity / injuries*
  • Male
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Assessment
  • Students / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tibia / injuries*
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology