Bio-banding could aid the decrease of injuries in ballet dancers

4th April 2016

Current practices for evaluating young female ballet dancers could be placing them at a disadvantage during important stages of their development, leaving them at a greater risk for injury, according to a study from the Universities of Bath and Bristol.

The researchers behind the study, which was published in the Journal of Adolescence, said that a new approach, called bio-banding, groups people by their biological age, instead of their chronological age.

It is already used predominantly in sports like football and rugby and the scientists involved in the study commented that ballet teachers also play a pivotal role in this group selection.

These teachers may require further knowledge regarding the implications of puberty on dance training.

Normally, ballet dancers begin full-time training from age 11 and can practice up to six days a week. However, girls of the same age vary greatly in their biological age and the differences in the timing of maturity mean that there are implications for talent identification and development.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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