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Central collaborates with University of Wolverhampton on injury research project

Calendar Posted 17 September 2018

Central is collaborating with the University of Wolverhampton on a research project to help prevent injury in professional student dancers. Anna Brodrick, Head of the Medical Department at Central, is working with Nico Kolokythas, a researcher from the Institute of Sport and Human Science at the University of Wolverhampton on an injury intervention programme with Central's First and Second year students.

The aim of the project is to help predict injury, help dancers return to full dance post-injury and to avoid re-injury. This will be achieved though a year-long collaboration using a specific 30 minute exercise programme twice per week that aims to influence injury presentation amongst pre-professional dancers.

The research process involves taking measurements of the First and Second year students, specifically of their jump height and length alongside some other basic parameters. Students were measured at the start of the academic year and this will be repeated at the end. Throughout the year the students will take part in a 30 minute exercise programme twice a week which seeks to improve their neuromuscular function. Third year students were also measured that the beginning of the year and will be assessed again at the end, but will not take part in the specific exercise programme so that outcomes can be determined between the two groups. The rates of injuries will be compared between the First and Second Year experimental group and the control group of Third years.

Anna Brodrick, Head of the Medical Department at Central said: “This is an important piece of research that may change the way we train dancers at Central. Best practice is at the core of all Central’s training programmes and implementing evidence-based interventions, such as those being studied on this project, will directly influence injuries. We hope to find interesting results that will help evolve and influence training interventions in the international arena especially benefiting the dance community.”

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