THE ART ATHLETE: A SPORTS BIOMECHANICS PERSPECTIVE

  • B. Elliott
  • J. Alderson
  • T. Ackland
  • L. Hopper
Keywords: Dance, Music, Injury, Repetitive strain, Motion analysis

Abstract

Overuse injuries are as much a problem for ‘art athletes’ (dancers and musicians and performing artists generally) as they are for those we more commonly term ‘athletes’. Lower back injuries in male ballet dancers are certainly commonplace. 3D motion analysis in combination with 3D Static Strength Predicting analysis showed that compressive forces at L5/S1 were above the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health ‘Back Compression Design Limit’ (~ 4,500N) and shear forces were high (~ 530 N) for male dancers performing two commonly used classical lifts. A research design for the use of an opto-reflective motion analysis (Vicon) to investigate shoulder joint loading in cellists and violinists will also be presented.