Spinal posture in different DanceSport dance styles compared with track and field athletes
Materials and methods: Thirty competitive DanceSport couples (15 men aged 23.4 ± 6.6 years; 15 women aged 22.5 ± 6.4 years) and 29 track and field athletes (16 mean aged 27 ± 4.4 years and 13 women aged 22 ± 4.1 years) volunteered. Twelve couples were Standard, 7 Latin American and 11 were Ten Dance couples. Thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis angle were assessed in lateral view using a Vertebral Fracture Assessment scan.
Results: DanceSport athletes had smaller S-shaped vertebral curvatures compared to track and field athletes. Male (5.7 ± 4.78) and female dancers (8.7 ± 5.98) had significantly smaller lumbar lordosis angle compared to their track and field counterparts (22.3 ± 9.98 for men; 20.3 ± 5.98 for women).Femaledancers(25.3 ± 8.08)alsodemonstratedsignificantly smallerthoracickyphosis angle than female track and field (32.1 ± 8.98) participants. It was further revealed that female Latin American dancers had significantly smaller lumbar lordosis values (3.7 ± 3.18) compared with female Standard (10.7 ± 6.18) and Ten Dance dancers (9.7 ± 5.58).
Conclusions: The results of the present study suggest that smaller S-shaped vertebral curvatures of DanceSport athletes compared with track and field athletes are permanent changes rather than habitual.
Kruusamäe, H.; Maasalu, K.; Wyon, M.; Jürimäe, T.; Mäestu, J.; Mooses, M.; Jürimäe, J. Spinal posture in different DanceSport dance styles compared with track and field athletes. Medicina 2015, 51, 307-311.
Kruusamäe H, Maasalu K, Wyon M, Jürimäe T, Mäestu J, Mooses M, Jürimäe J. Spinal posture in different DanceSport dance styles compared with track and field athletes. Medicina. 2015; 51(5):307-311.Chicago/Turabian Style
Kruusamäe, Helena; Maasalu, Katre; Wyon, Matthew; Jürimäe, Toivo; Mäestu, Jarek; Mooses, Martin; Jürimäe, Jaak. 2015. "Spinal posture in different DanceSport dance styles compared with track and field athletes." Medicina 51, no. 5: 307-311.