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Motriz: Revista de Educação Física

On-line version ISSN 1980-6574

Motriz: rev. educ. fis. vol.26 no.2 Rio Claro  2020  Epub June 26, 2020

https://doi.org/10.1590/s1980-6574202000020077 

Original Article (short paper)

Associated factors and profile of injuries in professional ballroom dancers in Brazil: a cross-sectional study

Allana Alexandre Cardoso1 
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0280-7567

Nycolle Martins Reis2 
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3925-9357

Melissa de Carvalho Souza Vieira2 
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7861-7620

Adriano Ferreti Borgatto3 
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6280-2525

Alexandra Folle4 
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8972-6075

Adriana Coutinho de Azevedo Guimarães4 
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5167-2921

1Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro de Desportos, Florianópolis, SC, Brasil.

2Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Centro de Ciências da Saúde e do Esporte, Florianópolis, SC, Brasil.

3Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro Tecnológico, Departamento de Informática e Estatística, Florianópolis, SC, Brasil.

4Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Centro de Ciência da Saúde e do Esporte, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências do Movimento Humano do CEFID, Florianópolis, SC, Brasil.


Abstract

Aims:

Ballroom dance consists of a modality characterized by fast and dynamic movements performed in pairs, aiming at technical and artistic excellence.

Objective:

To analyze the prevalence, characteristics, and factors associated with injuries in professional ballroom dancers, considering possible differences between sexes.

Method:

320 professional dancers of both sexes with a mean age of 31.48±8.63 years, who were in professional companies and/or dance schools from five regions of Brazil. The measurement was performed through an online self-administered questionnaire about general information and injuries.

Results:

A high frequency of musculoskeletal injuries (80.0%) was observed, especially osteoarticular ones (52.4%). In women, the lower limbs were the anatomical location most reported (31.1%) and the knee in male dancers (28.7%). Overweight men, with more than 11 years of dance practice, who danced in companies and also performed other physical activities, were more likely to have injuries. However, women were less likely to have injuries when they were overweight and more likely when they practiced other dance modalities besides ballroom dancing.

Conclusions:

Approximately 64.1% of ballroom dancers suffered an injury throughout their professional careers. For men, being overweight as well as the search for complementary activities to the physical training routine for both sexes, seem to influence the occurrence of injuries. Identification of the factors associated with injuries in ballroom dancers contributes both to preventive actions and to rehabilitation processes, favoring a healthy and safe career for professionals involved in this practice.

Keywords: dancing; ballroom dance; musculoskeletal injuries; movement

Introduction

Professional dancers have a training routine that demands artistic excellence, sensitivity to specific physical abilities and advanced techniques1. Their performance combines technical and esthetical values and professional dancers are compared to elite athletes, but the training routines may lead to physical exhaustion, reaching their limit2.

Considered as an artistic and athletic activity, the practice of dancing involves static and dynamic work from large and small muscle groups, together with adequate interaction of upper and lower limb movements as well as constant interaction with other dancers, whether on stage or in the dance room3. Amongst the dancing modalities, ballroom dancers stand out, dancing in pairs, generally, a man with a woman, involving the learning of different rhythms which vary culturally from country to country4. Each rhythm has its own posture according to the style, as also specific movements and steps. In addition, ballroom dancers are constantly exploring their balance due to the fast movements and changes in direction present in the rhythm, involving ample work with twisting, axis transfer, steps, and jumps. The women use high-heeled sandals with restricted bases and change their gravity center5. Such movements can lead to great postural instability, favoring the development of injuries5,6.

Some factors such as the body mass index, clothing (high heeled sandals), time practicing the modality, repetitive movements, sex, and age may be associated with the prevalence of injury6. In addition, inadequate technique and space, the floor surface and a lack of dancing equipment may also contribute to the occurrence of injuries1,7.

In high yield athletes, musculoskeletal injuries recur most frequently and can be understood as damage caused to the organism as a consequence of an overload on these structures8,9. The prevalence of injury in amateur dancers varies from 40% to 84%10, and epidemiological studies estimate that this percentage may reach 90% in professional dancers1. Studies point out that the lower limbs are the most affected in professional classical ballet, modern and contemporary dancers11, but there are no data available for professional ballroom dancers.

Considering the above, the authors believe it is highly relevant to the health area to carry out a study which proposes to investigate the prevalence and incidence of injuries in the ballroom dancing modality, because actions could be proposed that aim to prevent them, providing better quality for the personal and professional life of dancers, which impacts on an improvement in their performance.

Above all, this study had the objective of alerting the dancers of the possible risks involved in inadequate practices, stimulating preventative and conscious attitudes in the professional ballroom dancing context. Thus, the present study aims to analyze the prevalence, characteristics and possible factors associated with injuries in professional ballroom dancers in Brazil, considering any possible differences between the sexes. It is believed that there is a high incidence of musculoskeletal injuries mostly in the lower limbs, and female dancers would be the most affected.

Material and Methods

This was a descriptive cross-sectional design, approved by the Ethics Committee for Research with Human Beings (CEPSH) of the Santa Catarina State University (UDESC), process nº 1.320.412 on November 12th, 2016.

A total of 320 professional ballroom dancers took part in the study, with a mean age of 31.48±8.63 years, selected using a non-probabilistic intentional sample, and 187 (58.4%) being men. Since there are no regulatory organs for professional ballroom dancers in Brazil, the sample was chosen by convenience, using registers made available online by regional associations, such as the National Ballroom Dancing Association (ANDANçAS); The Brazilian Commission for Ballroom Dancing (CBDS); The Santa Catarina Ballroom Dancing Association (ACADS) and the Rio de Janeiro Association of Professional Ballroom Dancers (APDS). It is important to highlight that, in the cadres of the Brazilian Classification of Occupations by the Ministry of Labor and Employment (CBO), for the profession of the dancer, the term “professional dancers” was adopted for this research.

Due to the non-regulation of the category “dance professionals” in Brazil, in order to ensure a better homogeneity of the sample, some inclusion criteria were adopted: professional dancers of both sexes, over 18 years of age, who had practiced and taught ballroom dancing classes for at least 6 years, and trained the modality in a systematized way for a minimum of three times a week. In addition, they had to be employed by a professional ballroom dancing company or belong to a group of teachers in a dance academy/school.

A total of 733 professional ballroom dancers were contacted in Brazil (Figure 1). Contact was established with the dancers and dance schools by telephone, e-mail and/or social networks. Firstly, contact was made with the directors and choreographers of dance schools and companies. With their authorization, the questionnaire was sent to each dancer identified in the group. More than one attempt was made to contact dancers who did not respond to the first message inviting them to take part in the study. Of the total, 366 answered the questionnaire completely, and 320 dancers who met the inclusion criteria were selected, coming from the North and Northeast (20 dancers), Center-West (24 dancers), South (106 dancers) and Southeast (170 dancers) regions of Brazil.

Figure 1 Flowchart of participants. 

The dancers were invited to take part in the study voluntarily, and after communicating the objectives and procedures and accepting to take part, they signed a Free and Clarified Term of Consent (FCTC) online. With respect to the online acceptance, the dancer had two options concerning to the study: ‘accept to take part’ or ‘not accept to take part’. The dancer could also opt to receive the results of the survey by filling in his/her data.

The data was collected in the period from November 2016 to June 2017 by an online questionnaire in GoogleDocs, in which the spreadsheets were administered by the principal researcher of the study. The link was sent to the director of the company and/or school, and if authorized by him/her, was then sent directly to each dancer. Thus a self-applied questionnaire was used for the collection, divided into two blocks:

  1. General information: age, sex, practice of physical activity - relating to weekly practice (times per week) and type of activity (statistically classified into body techniques, resistance exercise, sports in general and others, excluding ballroom dancing and other dances) - questions about physical activity elaborated by the authors of this study) - time of systematized practice of ballroom dancing, company or dance school employee, practice of other types of dancing in addition to ballroom dancing, and the anthropometric variables of which the body mass and height, used to calculate the BMI, were self-referred by the dancers due to the collection being online. The BMI was calculated by dividing the body mass in kilos by the height squared in meters. The status was classified according to the cut-off points established by the World Health Organization12 which classifies individuals with a BMI below 18.5 kg/m2 as being underweight, those between 18.5 and 24.9 kg/m2 as being ideal (eutrophic), between 25 and 29.9 kg/m2 as being overweight, and above or equal to 30 kg/m2 as obese. For statistical purposes, due to the small numbers of dancers in the underweight and obese categories, the categories were regrouped as normal weight (underweight + ideal) and overweight (overweight + obese).

  2. Injuries: these were evaluated using a self-administered questionnaire adapted for professional Brazilian dancers by Lima, Silva & Barreto13. The Questionnaire for the Identification of Injuries in Dancers of different modalities consisted of 14 objective, multiple-choice questions covering the presence of injuries, the anatomical location, the structure affected, the frequency (the one, two or three most important ones during the dance career), perception of risk factors, the type and/or practice which caused the injury and the post-injury actions. For the data analysis reported in this article, only the responses referring to the first injury cited by the dancer were considered, that is, the most relevant one of his/her professional careers.

The statistical analysis was carried out using the SPSS-IBM packet, version 20.0. A descriptive analysis was carried out first to determine the data distribution of each variable, followed by an inferential analysis. Data normality was assessed by the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test. In order to analyze the relationship of the presence of injuries with the independent variables, the crude and fitted odds ratios (OR) were estimated by Binary Logistic Regression, with their respective 95% CI (Confidence intervals). For the data analysis, the sample was divided into two groups, men and women, due to the different associations of the type of injury between the sexes. The value of p≤0.20 was determined as the criterion to remain in the fitted analysis. The level of significance was 5%.

Results

A total of 320 professional ballroom dancers took part in this study, with a mean age of 31.48 ± 8.63 years, 58.4% male and 41.6% female. Of those investigated, 50.6% had between six and 10 years of contact with ballroom dancing and 53.8% maintained a periodic practice of the modality of between five and seven times a week. In addition, 48.8% practiced some other type of dance and 72.8% carried out other physical activities in addition to dance, resistance exercise is the most practiced (49.8%) (data not presented). With respect to the occurrence of injuries, 64.1% of the dancers reported having suffered some kind of injury during their professional career. Of these, 41.3% cited just one injury, 17.8% up to two injuries and 8.1% up to 3 injuries due to the practice, of which 60.3% referred to the right-hand side of the body (data not presented).

Table 1 shows the characterization of the injuries suffered by the dancers. It can be seen that for women, the anatomical location most frequently affected were the lower limbs (31.1%), whereas for men it was the knee (28.7%). Musculoskeletal injuries were the most reported by both sexes (80.0%), especially osteoarticular injuries (52.4%). With respect to the activities which caused the injuries, biomechanical stress due to continuous practice was the reason most cited by both sexes (40.1%), and during rehearsals were the moments when they most occurred (33.7%). Concerning the incidence, the majority of the injuries were referred to as new (48.8%) and of moderate intensity (56.1%), by both men and women. Although 73.2% of the women felt their performance was directly affected by the injury, 53.0% of the men opted to continue their activities normally, whereas 52.2% of the women decided to stop their dancing activities due to the injury suffered. Of the dancers who opted to stop their dancing activities, 66.4% remained on leave for up to 1 month, and currently, 59.6% consider themselves to have recovered.

Table 1 Characterization of the injuries to professional ballroom dancers according to sex - Brazil, 2015-2016 (n = 205). 

Variables Total (%) Men n=115 (%) Women n=90 (%)
Anatomical location
Knee 28.3 33(28.7) 25(27.8)
LLLL (leg/calf/ankle/foot) 23.4 21(17.4) 28(31.1)
Shoulder 15.6 23(20.0) 9(10.0)
Back (cervical/thoracic/lumbar) 15.1 20(18.4) 9(10.0)
Hips 11.2 8(7.0) 15(16.7)
UULL (arm/forearm/wrist) 6.8 10(8.7) 4(4.4)
Type of injury
Musculoskeletal injuries 80.0 91(79.1) 73(81.1)
Bone fractures 20.0 24(20.9) -17(18.9)
Activity that caused the injury
Biomechanical stress due to continuous practice 40.1 30(34.1) 37(46.8)
Jump/wrong landing on ground 21.0 14(15.9) 21(26.6)
Twisting/change of direction 16.8 21(23.9) 7(8.9)
Incorrect execution of movement 13.8 10(11.4) 13(16.5)
Bumped into other person/ lifting 8.4 13(14.8) 1(1.3)
Moment when it occurred
Rehearsal 33.7 38(33.0) 31(34.0)
Class 23.9 24(20.9) 25(27.8)
Routine training 20.0 23(20.0) 18(20.0)
Practicing exercises 13.2 18(15.7) 9(10.0)
Spectacle 9.3 12(10.4) 7(7.8)
Incidence of injury
New injury 48.8 62(53.9) 38(42.2)
Chronic injury 33.7 33(28.7) 36(40.0)
Re-incidence (2nd time) 11.2 11(9.6) 12(13.3)
Complication of previous injury 6.3 9(7.8) 4(4.4)
Intensity of injury
Moderate 56.1 68(59.1) 47(52.2)
Severe 22.4 21(18.3) 25(27.8)
Mild 21.5 26(22.6) 18(20.0)
Performance affected or not
Yes 73.2 82(71.3) 68(75.6)
No 26.8 33(28.7) 22(24.4)
Sequence of injury
Continued activities 50.7 61(53.0) 43(47.8)
Stopped activities 49.3 54(47.0) 47(52.2)
Stopped for how long?
Up to 1 month 66.4 41(67.2) 34(65.4)
Up to 3 months 17.7 10(16.4) 10(19.2)
More than 4 months 15.9 10(16.4) 8(15.4)
Do you feel completely recovered?
Yes 59.6 68(59.6) 53(59.6)
No 40.4 46(40.4) 36(40.4)

Source: produced by author, 2016. The table only refers to injured dancers within the sample.

Abbreviations: %: frequency; n = sample number; UULL: upper limbs; LLLL: lower limbs.

Table 2 shows the odds ratio and prevalence of associated factors for the presence of injuries in professional male dancers. It can be seen that the chances of an overweight dancer having injuries was 1.729 times greater than that of a dancer of normal weight (p=0.093). When the men reported the practice of ballroom dancing for more than 11 years, the chances of having injuries were 1.707 times greater than for those who had only practiced for 6 to 10 years (p=0.099). With respect to being employed by a dance company, those who reported this employment had a 2.321 times greater chance of having injuries, and those who were on leave from their companies had a 3.509 times greater chance of having injuries, when compared to those who had no employment (p=0.019). In addition, those who practiced some other physical activity besides the systematic practice of ballroom dancing had a 2.190 times greater chance of having injuries as compared to those who did not practice any other physical activity (p=0.023).

Table 2 Crude and fitted odds ratio and prevalence of associated factors for the presence of injuries in professional male ballroom dancers, Brazil, 2015-2016 (n= 115). 

Variables Total Nº (%) Presence of injury
Crude Fitted
OR (CI 95%) p-value OR (CI 95%) p-value
Weight status 0.105 0.093
Normal weight 51(44.3) 1 1
Overweight 64(55.7) 1.641(0.902;2.985) 1.729(0.913;3.273)
Practice time 0.050 0.099
6 to 10 years 45(39.1) 1 1
Over 11 years 70(60.9) 1.817(1.000;3.302) 1.707(0.903;3.227)
Practice of other dances 0.228
Yes 55(46.8) 1.455(0.791;2.676) -
No 60(53.2) 1 -
Give classes 0.914
Yes 107(93.0) 1.108(0.180;6.806) -
Not currently 5(4.3) 0.833(0.090;7.675) -
Never did 3(2.6) 1 -
Company contract 0.017 0.019
Yes 65(56.5) 2.124(1.092;4.131) 2.321(1.150;4.685)
On leave 23(20.0) 3.651(1.352;9.855) 3.509(1.242;9.914)
No 27(23.5) 1 1
Weekly practice 0.425
Up to 4 times 50(43.5) 1 -
From 5 to 7 times 65(56.5) 0.782(0.428;1.430) -
Practice of PA 0.008 0.023
Yes 89(77.4) 2.390(1.256;4.550) 2.190(1.115;4.299)
No 26(22.6) 1 1

Source: produced by author, 2016. The table only refers to injured dancers within the sample.

Abbreviations: OR - odds ratio; CI - confidence interval; PA - physical activity.

Binary Logistic regression - data fitted according to weight status, practice time, company contract and practice of physical activity

When considering the odds ratio and prevalence of associated factors for the presence of injury in female dancers (Table 3), it can be seen that the chance of overweight dancers presenting injuries was 0.343 times smaller when compared to those of normal weight (p=0.026). On the other hand, women who practiced other dance modalities besides ballroom dancing had a 1.928 times greater chance of having injuries than those who dedicated themselves exclusively to ballroom dancing (p=0.105).

Table 3 Crude and fitted chance ratios and prevalence of associated factors for the presence of injuries in professional female ballroom dancers, Brazil, 2015-2016 (n= 90). 

Variables Total Nº (%) Presence of injury
Crude Fitted
OR (CI 95%) p-value OR (CI 95%) p-value
Weight status 0.025 0.026
Normal weight 79(88.0) 1 1
Overweight 11(12.0) 0.347(0.137;0.876) 0.343(0.133;0.882)
Practice time 0.805
6 to 10 years 52(57.8) 1 -
Over 11 years 38(42.2) 1.110(0.518;2.333) -
Practice of other dances 0.091 0.105
Yes 54(60.0) 1.924(0.902;4.104) 1.928(0.871;4.268)
No 36(40.0) 1 1
Give classes 0.593
Yes 70(77.8) 1.810(0.577;5.681) -
Not currently 14(15.6) 1.750(0.420;7.288) -
Never did 6(6.7) 1 -
Company contract 0.237
Yes 51(56.2) 2.039(0.854;4.868) -
On leave 18(20.2) 1.200(0.430;3.351) -
No 21(23.6) 1 -
Weekly practice 0.828
Up to 4 times 47(52.2) 1 -
From 5 to 7 times 43(47.8) 0.921(0.441;1.925) -
Practice of PA 0.618
Yes 70(77.8) 1.240(0.532;2.886) -
No 20(22.2) 1 -

Source: produced by author, 2016. The table only refers to injured dancers within the sample.

Abbreviations: OR - odds ratio; CI - confidence interval; PA - physical activity.

Binary Logistic regression - data fitted according to weight status and practice of other dance modalities.

Discussion

This study aimed to analyze the prevalence, characteristics and possible factors associated with injuries in professional ballroom dancers in Brazil, considering any possible differences between the sexes. Thus, it was identified that musculoskeletal injuries were the most prevalent in dancers of both sexes, and the dancers reported having suffered at least one injury in their professional careers. Of the factors associated with injuries in the male dancers, one must highlight the weight status, practice time, company employment and the practice of other physical activities, whereas in the female dancers the weight status and practice of other dance modalities were the main factors associated.

The present study identified the knees, shoulders and back, specifically the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions as the anatomical regions most affected in male professional ballroom dancers. Similar results were found by Dore & Guerra14 on investigating the symptomatology pain in professional ballet dancers, identifying a general prevalence of moderate to intense pain, in the lumbar region and knees. These results corroborated with the previous study15, who analyzed the musculoskeletal injury profile in professional, pre-professional and amateur classical ballet dancers, and found a greater prevalence of injuries in the lower limbs, specifically in the ankle, foot and lumbar regions, followed by the cervical back region.

Although the shoulders appeared in the present study as a region frequently affected in dancers, no studies were found in the literature that investigated this part of the human body in professional dancers of different modalities. Nevertheless, professional dancers are considered to be elite athletes, corroborating with the study of Carvalho et al.16, which emphasized the fact that complaints about painful shoulders are common in athletes who work with pitching, this type of injury is favored by trauma, repeated movements, instabilities and degenerative alterations related to age, and one can make parallels with professional ballroom dancing in which couples constantly train aerial steps which included lifting the partner, twisting and pitching16. These steps, commonly known as “lifting”, generally consist of movements that pitch the lady into the air, catch her back and maintain her in the arms of the gentleman. Specifically, in the case of ballroom dancing, the hypothesis was raised that these movements could contribute to the fact that the shoulders become a susceptible region for the development of injuries in male dancers since it is the gentleman who carries out these aerial steps.

In general, the demands of the training routine of professional male ballroom dancers result from the extenuating repetition of choreographies, sequences, and steps, generally based on falls, jumps, and twists, demanding stretching, flexibility, and balance by using both dynamic and static strength in a search for synchronism and harmony of the couple, combined with an improved technical repertoire17. These factors have direct repercussions on joint and postural overloads, explaining why the knees and back are the anatomical regions frequently affected in these populations.

With respect to the type of injury, musculoskeletal injuries were the most frequent in the professional ballroom dancing sample, as also reported in the current literature, confirming the prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries in classical ballet15,18; modern ballet19,20 and breakdance dancers21,22. In the context of professional sport, musculoskeletal injuries are also the most prevalent and can reach an index of 65% in international competitions9,23.

There are many causes of this type of injury, such as the elevated time dedicated to the modality, the extenuating training load and the lack of structure offered. These are combined with the physical, technical and tactical demands, indicated as possible risk factors for the development of this type of injury, both in dancing and high yield sports1,20. The present study also made it possible to identify osteoarticular injuries as the most important among the musculoskeletal injuries, in a sex-independent manner, in agreement with a hybrid cross-sectional study concerning dancing injuries. The authors concluded that osteoarticular diseases could be associated with the age of the dancers, the time they have practiced the determined modality of dancing and also with the use of pointed shoes24, an association that can also be made with ballroom dancing. Considering that the time of practice for male dancers and the practice of other dance modalities for female dancers, demonstrated greater odds ratios for the occurrence of injuries, it should be mentioned that female ballroom dancers, as also those of classical ballet, use clothing that favors the development of injury, specifically high-heeled sandals, which usually have restricted bases and favor postural instability5.

Another risk factor that demonstrated a greater chance ratio for the occurrence of injuries in the present study was the weight status, independent of sex. Some studies carried out in the area of professional dancing, generally with classical ballet, portrayed male dancers as eutrophic individuals and commonly within the range of normality6. Nevertheless, the sample investigated identified professional dancers, both male and female, who were overweight. For the present study, the proposed interpretation was that the ballroom dancing modality, even in the professional context, permits and accepts different existing body standards for both sexes on a much larger scale, different from the case of classical ballet. Another factor was that dancing classes are an intermittent physical activity, reaching aerobic intensities of low and moderate levels25.

Regarding the professional male dancers analyzed in the present study, the results showed that overweight was associated with an increased chance of having injuries. This could have occurred due to the fact that overweight has a direct effect on the overload on the joints during the execution of the movements26. On the other hand, in female dancers overweight was associated with a decreased chance of having injuries, which leads one to reflect on the results since they were different from those of the male dancers, leading to the hypothesis that the overweight female dancers were probably less exposed to movements that favored the development of injuries, specifically jumps and aerial steps or “lifts”.

Also related to the differences between the sexes identified in the fitted logistic regression analysis, male dancers who had practiced ballroom dancing for more than 11 years, were employed by a company and practiced some other kind of physical activity, showed greater chances of having injuries, whereas, in the case of the female dancers, the variable of practicing other dance modalities showed an increased chance of having injuries. Thus, it was confirmed that for both sexes, the excess of training sessions/ rehearsals and extenuated continuous practice, be it in other dance modalities or other complementary physical activities, increased the risk of injuries18.

The search of these dancers for activities that complemented their training routine was evidence of their professional dedication to the modality of dancing, just as high yield sport requires the development of advanced technical knowledge and the improvement of specific abilities at high demand levels18. This fact has been reported in the literature as a potential cause of the development of injuries in the different dance modalities1,2,5,6.From the results obtained in the present study, it was possible to verify that the expected hypothesis was confirmed in parts since the presence of lesion was found in more than half of the sample. However, although individuals of both sexes presented some type of lesion injury, there was no gender disparity.

Conclusion

This research was highly relevant since it was the first destined to investigating the epidemiology, prevalence and possible factors associated with injuries in professional ballroom dancers in Brazil. The non-use of direct measurements to evaluate the injuries, since the research was done online, was considered a limiting factor of this study. In addition, since this was a cross-sectional study, the causes and effects could not be found. However, it must be mentioned that the fact that the data were collected online using indirect measurements allowed the research to be nationwide, with the objective of accessing a larger number of professional dancers, and it did not depend on any type of financial aid.

Thus, the authors suggest that more studies be carried out with this population, giving attention to the possible difference between sexes, practice time and the various rhythms in the ballroom dancing modality. In addition, the elaboration of an instrument that specifically evaluates the injuries in professional dancers of the different dance modalities is recommended, with a focus on the incidence, seriousness, principal regions affected and etiology of injuries. This would foment both preventative actions as well as rehabilitation processes for the injuries that commonly occur amongst these individuals, favoring a healthy and safe career for all those involved in the professional practice of dancing.

Acknowlegdments

The authors thank the professional ballroom dancers, schools and dance companies who volunteered to participate in the research; the Laboratory of Research in Leisure and Physical Activity of the State University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, SC, Brazil; and CAPES, for their support in granting the masters and doctorate scholarships to the researchers in question.

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Received: March 28, 2019; Accepted: February 11, 2020

Corresponding author: Allana Alexandre Cardoso. Sports Pedagogy Laboratory / Sports Center. Campus Rector João David Ferreira Lima, s/n - Bairro Trindade. 88040-900 Florianópolis, SC, Brasil. E-mail: allana.alexandre@gmail.com.

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