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Cahalan, R., O'Sullivan, K., Purtill, H. Bargary N., Ni Bhriain O. and O'Sullivan, P
Scandinavian J. Medicine And Science In Sport
Inability to perform due to pain/injury in elite adult Irish dance: A prospective investigation of contributing factors
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Musculoskeletal Pain Injury Dance

Background: Previous research in Irish dancing (ID) has recorded high levels of pain/injury. Screening protocols in other genres have been developed to identify at-risk dancers.

Aim: To examine the factors which relate to absence from dancing due to musculoskeletal pain/injury in ID. To inform guidelines for the development of an evidence-based screening protocol.

Methods: Baseline subjective data (n=85) and physical data (n=84) were gathered. Subjects completed a monthly online questionnaire for one year providing data on general physical and psychological health and rates of pain/injury. Subjects were allocated to a “More Time Absent (MTA)” or “Less Time Absent (LTA)” category depending on their duration of absence from performance over the year.

Results: Eighty-four subjects completed the year-long follow up (MTA: n= 32, LTA: n=52). 278 complaints of pain/injury were recorded. Factors significantly associated with membership of the MTA group included greater anger-hostility (p=0.003), more subjective health complaints (p=0.026), more severe previous pain/injury (p=0.017), more general everyday pain (p=0.020), more body parts affected by pain/injury (p=0.028), always/often dancing in pain (p=0.028) and insufficient sleep (p=0.043).

Conclusions: Several biopsychosocial factors appear to be associated with absence from ID due to pain/injury. Biopsychosocial screening protocols and prevention strategies may best identify at-risk dancers.

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