Evaluation of Professional Ballet Dancers Body Posture During Barre Movements.
Med City Fort Worth
Rotation, Stability, Torsion, Wounds, Momentum, Stress, Knee
Family Medicine | Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy | Rehabilitation and Therapy
Ballet dancers have finite careers due to the demands placed upon their bodies throughout years of training, study, and performance. The average age a dancer retires is thirty-four due to persistent stress on their joints and injuries due to mechanical overload or overuse. Proper form is crucial to prevent injury. The aim of the study was to establish benchmarks for normal movement patterns amongst professional dancers. Ten professional ballerinas were studied. Reflective markers were placed on the pelvis, left and right anterior superior iliac spine (ASIS) and posterior iliac spine (PSIS) to evaluate motion during Barre movements: plié, grand battement, and développé. Pelvis flexion/extension, mediolateral rotation, and torsion were analyzed. These motions test different skills. The plié is a controlled coordinated motion using both legs. The grand battement and développé both require leg extension, one with a quick motion that creates momentum and one using controlled motion that requires strength. Each requires core and pelvis stability to perform accurately and with less injury. Dancers motions were consistent. Maximum pelvis range of motion for the plié, grand battement, and développé were 8.0, 42, and 50 degrees respectively. This represents usable benchmarks with which other dancers may be compared, for example, those who are at different levels of training, injured, predisposed to injury, or recovering from injury. Early recognition of pathologic movement patterns could benefit professional and amateur dancers by helping to prevent injuries, and potentially improve the quality and length of their careers.
Publisher or Conference
Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Patterson RM, Hershberger N, Balyakina E, et al. Evaluation of Professional Ballet Dancers Body Posture During Barre Movements. J Biomech Eng. March 2020;142(3):031003. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4046179