URBAN DANCE HEALTH is a platform where experts in health and urban dance get the opportunity to interact. Informative articles, tutorials and scientific studies are presented. Experts in a health related professional field and urban dance are invited to share their knowledge in form of blog articles or videos. Through a transparent exchange of knowledge, the health awareness of an urban dancer should be awakened and therefore, a long, fulfilling dance career with low risks of injuries and a higher performance should be given.
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The URBAN DANCE HEALTH WORKSHOP is an interactive workshop designed to educate urban dancers on the fundamentals of dance medicine, high performance training and specific knowledge on injury prevention. Dancers are taught to apply principles and exercises easily through a combination of lectures and practical exercises. The focus is set on training structure, physical fitness and self-help therapy. A multiplicity of exercises about resistance and stabilization training, as well as stretching and treatment techniques will be taught. Information is based on the latest research from dance and sport science.
HOW TO TREAT YOUR BODY? • Preventive exercises for common dance injuries • Self-help techniques & application of self-help treatment tools • First aid in the dance room • Rehabilitation: wound healing, recovery & re-adaptation
HOW TO TRAIN? • Warm up • Stability/Coordination • Strength • Endurance • Cool down • Stretching • Application to urban dance
At Breaking and Hip Hop events urban dancers can obtain physiotherapeutic care. The Urban Dance Health team provides health-based assessment, advice and treatment for the competition participants. The urban dancers are treated individually depending on their symptoms and causes. To have a long term effect on the dancer’s health, he or she receives a selection of exercises for his or her rehabilitation process. Preventive exercises will be taught. In case of emergency also primary care can be provided and a prognosis for a further participation in the competition can be made.
TREATMENTS: • Movement analysis • Special conditioning for dancers • Sports physiotherapy • Manual therapy • Triggerpoint therapy • Myofascial techniques • Lymphatic drainage • Massage • Kinesio-taping • Preventive exercises • Self-help therapy
Under the direction of the CIT Research Team and in cooperation with the Universities of Tübingen, Memphis and Palma de Mallorca, the Urban Dance Health team has conducted two scientific, randomized, controlled, clinical studies with 141 bboys. A self-help therapy method with a myofascia manipulation tool was explored. The quadriceps muscle and the iliotibial band were treated by the bboys for 8 minutes. Significant changes pre to post showed a reduction of stiffness, increase of elasticity, an increase in peripheral blood circulation, a pain de-sensibilization in the treated tissue and a range of movement increase in the quadriceps muscle and the hamstrings. In September 2015 this study was presented at the International Fascia Research Congress in Washington DC and it received the 3rd prize for best poster presentation.