Comparison of foot and ankle injuries between pre-professional ballet, contemporary, and Chinese dancers
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AbstractIntroduction: The risk of foot and ankle injuries has been noted the most common incidence in dancers. However, the variability of such epidemiology across dance genres has not been clearly evaluated. Herein, this study aims to evaluate the prevalence and incidence of foot and ankle injuries among pre-professional ballet, contemporary and Chinese dancers.

Materials and Methods: Participants were recruited from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. Demographic characteristics and specifics of dance-related foot and ankle pain in one academic year from September 2018 to June 2019 were collected through an online self-reporting survey. Descriptive statistical analysis, including injury incidence and risk rates, were conducted.

Results: The overall response rate was 69%, with a total of 56 subjects eligible for analysis. The incidence of foot and ankle pain during the academic year of 2018-19 was highest in contemporary dancers (0.41 per 1000 dance hours) when compared to that of ballet (0.36) and Chinese dancers (0.24). Likewise, ballet dancers were 6-times more likely to suffer from pain in the Achilles region than those in Chinese and contemporary dancers (p<0.01). When comparing with contemporary dancers, ballet and Chinese dancers had more severe pain over the forefoot/midfoot and hindfoot/ankle region, respectively (p<0.05).

Discussion and Conclusion: Our results indicated that there is a high incidence of foot and ankle injury among preprofessiona dancers, particularly in contemporary dancers. Our data also showed significant differences between dance genres and anatomical subregions. Importantly, this study can further suggest the need for better genre-specific injury prevention programmes.
Acceptance Date31/10/2020
All Author(s) ListSamuel Ka-Kin Ling, Jojo Hoi-Ching Lai, Stacey Tsz-Wai Yeung, Ronald Wing-Hei Siu, Naomi Pui-Yan Fung, Nigel Keith Pak, Gene Chi-Wai Man, Patrick Shu-Hang Yung
Name of ConferenceThe Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association the 40th Annual Congress 2020
Start Date of Conference31/10/2020
End Date of Conference01/11/2020
Place of ConferenceHong Kong
Country/Region of ConferenceHong Kong
Proceedings TitleThe Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association the 40th Annual Congress 2020
Year2020
Month10
Day31
PublisherHong Kong Academy of Medicine Press
Place of PublicationHong Kong
Pages57 - 57
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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