This practical resource discusses the numerous physical, psychological, and medical issues pertaining to the young dancer as they relate to injury prevention. Chapters on injury are arranged anatomically and cover etiology, diagnosis, treatment strategies, and rehabilitation. Additional chapters cover screening, nutrition, training technique, and the role of the physical therapist.
This comprehensive text addresses the unique needs of these athletes and stresses how their bodies differ in significant ways from those of adults, requiring that their training and clinical management be overseen by specialized personnel. The book opens with a discussion of the epidemiology of injury in the young dancer, followed by a description of screening procedures and a sample screening program. Physical therapy and resistance training are then covered, along with common conditions and injuries at the spine, hip, knee, and foot/ankle complex. There are chapters on the use of diagnostic and interventional ultrasound, nutrition and bone health, psychological matters such as anxiety, eating disorders, and peer relationships, and lastly the prevention of degenerative hip injuries.
Prevention of Injuries in the Young Dancer is an essential resource with regard to the challenges facing aspiring young dancers. It is relevant reading for dance medicine, sports medicine, and orthopedic professionals, as well as dancers, their parents, and especially those persons who promote their careers.
Ruth Solomon, BA, Professor Emerita, University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Theater Arts, Soquel, CA, USA, John Solomon, PhD, Professor , University of California, Santa Cruz, Soquel, CA, USA, Lyle J. Micheli, MD, Director, Division of Sports Medicine, O'Donnell Family Professor of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA, Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
Epidemiology of Injury in the Young Dancer.- Screening the Young Dancer: Summarizing Thirty Years of Screening.- A Screening Program for the Young Dancer: Perspectives on What and Why to Include in a Screen.- Physical Therapy Rehabilitation for the Young Dancer.- Resistance Training for Pediatric Female Dancers.- Spine Conditions in the Young Dancer.- Hip Injuries in the Young Dancer.- Knee Problems in the Young Dancer.- Foot and Ankle Injuries in the Adolescent Dancer.- The Use of Diagnostic and Interventional Ultrasound in Treating and Preventing Injuries in the Young Dancer.- Nutrition, Bone Health, and the Young Dancer.- Psychological Issues Facing the Injured Adolescent Dancer.- Preventing Degenerative Hip Injuries from a Dance Technique Perspective.