Dr. Henry Pang - Doctor
Translation: Stacey Yeung - Dance Science Researcher
中文翻譯： 楊子慧 - 舞蹈科學研究員
Release date: Feb 03, 2020
Dance Medicine – To keep everyone dancing, and smiling
Dancers are the perfect combination of artists and athletes. Therefore, just like all types of athletes, dancers, especially professional ones, are injury-prone with high-intensity rehearsals. In general, up to 70% of dancers are suffering from injuries inflicted during dance training or performance, be they mild or major, acute or chronic.
This would, in turn, impair a dancer’s performance on stage, and worst of it all, putting an end to one’s dance career. In order to prevent such tragedy, dance medicine was developed back in 1970-80s as an Orthopedic subspecialty initially to treat dance-related injuries. Throughout the years, dance medicine has experienced exponential growth with more and more professionals being involved, such as dance coaches, choreographers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, nutritionists, etc. To top that, the field of study has evolved from solely treating dance injuries to a much wider perspective, including injury prevention, performance enhancement, psychological preparation, to name just a few. Dance medicine is now considered a subdivision of performing arts medicine, which brings more holistic care for dancers.
Dance Science – To exploring the science behind the art
It is well known to us that dance is an art which manifests through body movement, but the science of it – what is that?
Just like any other scientific discipline, dance science is the study of dance and dancer, in a quantitative and systemic manner.
Similar to modern dance medicine, it consists of a wide variety of topics, covering scientific aspects like anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology; performance-related aspects such as choreography, conditioning, scheduling; and training-related like coaching, nutrition, psychology, etc.
Currently, there are a number of bachelor, diploma and even master courses available for enthusiastic dancers to pursue this field of study. Locally, there is Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts; Internationally, there are institutes in the UK (University of Bedfordshire, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Royal Academy of Dance), US (UCLA, Cornish College of the Arts, Ohio University) and Europe (University of Bern from Switzerland, Universidad Europea de Madrid from Spain, Utrecht university from Netherlands).
舞蹈醫學 － 令所有人都能夠愉快的起舞
這會繼而損害舞者在舞台上的表演，而最糟糕的是 ── 終結他／她的舞蹈生涯。為了預防這悲劇發生，舞蹈醫學早在1970-80年代就被開發，最初是專門治療與舞蹈相關傷患的骨科專科。多年來，舞蹈醫學經歷了指數級的增長，越來越多的專業人士參與其中，包括舞蹈老師、編舞家、物理治療師、職業治療師、心理學家、營養師等。最重要的是，舞蹈醫學的研究領域已經從單單傷患治療擴闊至傷患預防、性能提升、心理調整等。現在，舞蹈醫學被認為是表演藝術醫學的一個分支，為舞者帶來了更全面的護理。
舞蹈科學 － 探索藝術背後的科學
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This article was accomplished by the author in his/her personal capacity. The opinions expressed in this article do not reflect the view of the official statement of CUHK and HKADMS. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with an appropriate professional for specific advice related to your situation.