Med Sci Sports Exerc 2021 Jun 10. Epub 2021 Jun 10.
Faculty of Sport, Allied Health and Performance Science, St Mary's University, Twickenham, United Kingdom Ballet Healthcare, The Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, United Kingdom Institute of Sport Science, Dance Science, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland Department for Health, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College London, London, United Kingdom.
Purpose: To describe the relationships between dance exposure, dancer characteristics, and injury risk across five seasons in a professional ballet company.
Methods: Dance exposure time and clinician-reported time-loss and medical attention injury data were prospectively collected from 118 professional dancers of The Royal Ballet between 2015/16 and 2019/20. Cox proportional hazards and shared frailty models were fitted to overuse and traumatic injuries; individualized robust Z-scores for 7-day and 28-day accumulated exposure, and week-to-week change in exposure, age, sex, company rank, and injury history were included as time-varying covariates. Read More