Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Abstract

Background:

Ballet and modern dance are both art forms that require technique, artistry, grace and precision. Both dance forms require a degree of strength and muscular endurance for optimal performance. It is not known what value strength or plyometric training may have on functional dance performance.

Objective:

To systematically review the effects of strength and/or plyometric training on functional dance performance in elite ballet and modern dancers.

Methods:

A systematic review of literature indexed in the following databases: Medline, CINAHL, SportsDiscus, Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) and PubMed was conducted. The quality of the studies was graded using the PEDro Scale.

Results:

Eight studies satisfied the eligibility criteria and were included in this review. The studies' population age range was 19?27?years. Methodological scores based on the PEDro scale were 4 to 6 out of 10. All of the included studies (100%) scored 4 out of 10 or higher on the PEDro scale. Strength training resulted in significant improvements in jump height (P?

Conclusion:

Moderate evidence indicates that supplementary strength training interventions via traditional resistance training or whole-body vibration methods and plyometric training interventions may increase certain dance-performance measures such as jump height and general aesthetic facility without changing certain anthropometric measures in elite ballet and modern dancers.

Journal Title

Physical Therapy Reviews

Volume

20

Issue

4

First Page

233

Last Page

240

First Department

Physical Therapy

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