TITLE

Trunk Muscle Endurance and Low Back Pain in Female Dance Students

AUTHOR(S)
Swain, Christopher; Redding, Emma
PUB. DATE
May 2014
SOURCE
Journal of Dance Medicine & Science;2014, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p62
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Low back pain (LBP) is often cited as a common condition at all levels of dance. Evidence suggests that reduced endurance of the trunk muscles can predispose an individual to LBP . The purpose of this study was to examine differences in trunk muscle endurance in a sample of tertiary level dance students with and without LBP . Seventeen full-time female dance students were divided into two groups: dance students with LBP (N = 11), and without LBP (N = 6). All participants provided informed consent, and the study was approved by an institutional ethics review board. Participants performed four isometric tests that assess trunk muscle endurance: the right and left side plank, double straight leg raise (DSLR), and the Sorensen test. A modified version of the Osaka City University test was used to assess the presence of LBP . A significant difference (p < 0.05) between groups was observed for the right and left side plank, as well as the DSLR test, and students with LBP displayed lower levels of endurance compared to those without. No other significant differences were found. This study offers some evidence that reduced trunk muscle endurance is present among dancers with LBP and provides direction for future research into back health among dancers.
ACCESSION #
96070368

 

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