Location

Schewel 215

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Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2022

Department

Exercise Physiology

Abstract

Dance is a series of technical, complex movements with high demands on skeletal muscles. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a condensed, dance-specific warm-up on collegiate dancers’ flexibility, pirouette performance, and the relationship between body composition and performance. Six female collegiate dancers’ (years of experience (14.33 ± 3.01years), height (165.38 ± 4.42cm), weight (70.93 ± 15.22kg), and percent body fat (30.03 ± 7.87%)) pirouette speed was measured prior to and following a 10-minute full-body warm-up. Joint-specific range of motion (ROM) measurements were taken pre- and post-warm-up to assess flexibility. The warm-up was effective at improving a ROM composite score in both the pirouette support leg (t(5)=-5.74, p=0.002) and non-support leg (t(5)=-5.06, p=0,004). There was no significant correlation between percent body fat and pre-warm-up pirouette speed (r=0.69, p=0.129) or change in speed pre-/post-warm-up (t(5)=0.80, p=0.46). Changes in flexibility were not shown to decrease pirouette time. It was concluded that a condensed warm-up on female collegiate dancers’ has the potential to improve flexibility but may not increase performance.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Jill Lucas Dr. Jason Cholewa Dr. Wendy Williamson

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Effects of a condensed, dance-specific warm-up on collegiate dancers’ range of motion and pirouette performance.

Schewel 215

Dance is a series of technical, complex movements with high demands on skeletal muscles. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a condensed, dance-specific warm-up on collegiate dancers’ flexibility, pirouette performance, and the relationship between body composition and performance. Six female collegiate dancers’ (years of experience (14.33 ± 3.01years), height (165.38 ± 4.42cm), weight (70.93 ± 15.22kg), and percent body fat (30.03 ± 7.87%)) pirouette speed was measured prior to and following a 10-minute full-body warm-up. Joint-specific range of motion (ROM) measurements were taken pre- and post-warm-up to assess flexibility. The warm-up was effective at improving a ROM composite score in both the pirouette support leg (t(5)=-5.74, p=0.002) and non-support leg (t(5)=-5.06, p=0,004). There was no significant correlation between percent body fat and pre-warm-up pirouette speed (r=0.69, p=0.129) or change in speed pre-/post-warm-up (t(5)=0.80, p=0.46). Changes in flexibility were not shown to decrease pirouette time. It was concluded that a condensed warm-up on female collegiate dancers’ has the potential to improve flexibility but may not increase performance.