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The Psychological Effect of Dance Injuries:

Dance Injuries, Fall, 2013

Emily Poirier

on 14 November 2013

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The Psychological Effect of Dance Injuries:
Appraisals and Emotional Coping

Emotional response to injury

Social support- what is the teacher's role?
Proper counseling
Healthy relationship with physician
Goal setting
Relaxation techniques
Group therapy with other dancers
Primary Appraisal:
Control over injury: preventable?
Timing of injury
Estimated duration of recovery
Secondary Appraisal:

Situational and personal factors are related to emotional and behavioural responses
(Brewer, 1994)

"Do I have the emotional/social resources to cope?"
Self Identity
Narrowly defined sense of self

Harmonious vs. Obsessive Passion Study
(Blanka, Fortin & Vallerand '06)
Level of Self Worth
1. The need to feel competent
2. The need to experience achievement
3. The need to feel loved and accepted
(W.D. Russell, 2000)
Questions for Further Study:

How can we promote positive beliefs and self efficacious dancers to prepare them for injury?
How can we teach dancers somatic awareness to help them better identify/disclose injuries earlier?
How is anxiety linked to pain perception in dancers? (Gate Control Theory)
“the amount of stress we experience in response to a threatening stimulus is proportional not only the the threatening qualities of the stimulus situation but also to the extent to which
we see ourselves as processing resources to cope with the threat
- Lazarus (1968)
cognitive appraisal
of injury

emotions, beliefs
and behaviour

Dance Injuries:
Appraisals and Emotional Coping
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Andersen, M., Young, E.N., & Morris, T. “Psychosocial Stress and Injury in Dance.”
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Brewer, B. (1991) Athletic identity as a risk factor for depressive reaction to athletic injury. (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from UMI Dissertation Services. (9025747)

Brewer, B., Linder, D., & Phelps, C. “Situational Correlates of Emotional Adjustment to Athletic Injury.” Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. (1995): 241-245.
Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.ezproxy.library.yorku.ca/pubmed

Russel, William D. “Coping with Injuries in Scholastic Athletes.” JOPERD--The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance 71.7 (2000): 41-46. Academic OneFile. Retrieved from http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE

Flint, Frances. (1998). Psychology of sport injury. Champaign: Human Kinetics

Fortin, S., Rip, B., & Vallerand, R. J. “The Relationship between Passion and Injury in Dance Students.” Journal Of Dance Medicine & Science 10.1/2 (2006): 14-20. Retrieved from

Kerr, G., Krasnow, D., & Mainwairing, L. “And the Dance Goes On: Psychological Impact of Injury.” Journal of Dance Medicine and Science 5.4 (2001): 105-116. Retrieved from http://www.citraining.com/pdfs/Psychology-of-Injured-Dancer.pdf

Taylor, C., Tayor, J. (1995). Psychology of Dance. Champaign: Human Kinetics
Harmonious vs. Obsessive Passion for dance:
Harmonious Passion
less time suffering from acute injury
health promoting coping responses
flexible involvement in dance activities
actively engaged in injury prevention
took more time off!

Obsessive Passion
less time engaging in dance related activity
reported personal pride as preventing from obtaining treatment
report chronic suffering but
do not
take time off
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