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Dance Anatomy

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Van-Anh La

on 4 January 2013

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Heels Biomechanics Neil J. Cronin, a postdoctoral researcher, and two of his colleagues at the Musculoskeletal Research Program at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia Aesthetics and Tradition vs. Health “Several studies have shown that optimal muscle-tendon efficiency” while walking “occurs when the muscle stays approximately the same length while the tendon lengthens. When the tendon lengthens, it stores elastic energy and later returns it when the foot pushes off the ground. Tendons are more effective springs than muscles,” Implications Force on the Hip Fourier Transforms As the heels of the feet are elevated, the top of the pelvis tends to tip forwards and the lumbar spine's normal curve backwards Lordosis Side Effects on the Feet Sciatica Ballroom Dancing Barefoot Dancing Dancing in Heels "The effect of the heel height in dancing is different from normal gait and the lateral metatarsal region was identified as the most intensely affected zone in dancing." Questions for Kora 1. What would you say your most common injury is due to dancing? Does it have anything to do with wearing heels or are these injuries what you would call typical of an athlete? 2. Have you ever switched to a flat footed exercise such as running and have experienced pain or an injury? 3. When do you think is an appropriate age for a dancer to begin wearing heels that are at least 2 inches and why? 4. Are there any stretches you do to alleviate or prevent pain caused by your shoes during dancing? Remedies? Heel Height Extra Cushioning "wear high heels around the house for a few hours before you go out"
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