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Official Journal of the Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain

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Volume 18, Issue 4

Prevalence, localization, perception and management of pain in dance: an overview

Jasmin Lampe
  • Institute of Occupational Medicine, Social Medicine and Environmental Medicine, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Faculty of Social Work and Health, HAWK – University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hildesheim, Germany
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/ Bernhard Borgetto
  • Faculty of Social Work and Health, HAWK – University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hildesheim, Germany
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/ David A. Groneberg
  • Institute of Occupational Medicine, Social Medicine and Environmental Medicine, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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/ Eileen M. Wanke
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Published Online: 2018-08-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sjpain-2018-0105

Abstract

Background and aims

Pain is a highly complex bio-psychosocial phenomenon that may present a (potential) health risk and either occurs as a warning sign or a symptom of injury. It cannot be ruled out that these rising or changing requirements in dance of all styles, are reflected in health-related outcomes such as pain. The aim of this narrative review article is to outline an overview of prevalence and localization, concepts of performance pain and injury pain, pain perception and pain management in dance. At that consequences of pain and influencing factors focusing on different dance styles or forms of professionalism are discussed.

Methods

The databases CINAHL, Cochrane, Google Scholar, Medline, MeSH and Web of Science were screened for relevant articles.

Results

Pain prevalence in dance is very high. Pain localizations can be related to high dance-specific mechanical stress on the musculoskeletal system. Depending on the pain characteristics, dancers perceive pain as “positive” (performance pain) or “negative” (injury pain). Concerning pain attitudes and management, dancers show an increasing pain tolerance. Pain seems to be accepted as a necessity, often ignored and dancing is continued despite pain.

Conclusions

The findings of this article suggest that occurrence of pain, pain perception, coping with pain and pain history appear to be connected to dance-specific mechanical stress as well as to socialization in dance culture. In dance, effects of pain on health seem to be associated with characteristics of pain and pain behavior.

Implications

The results highlight the high relevance of pain in dance and the need to take into account preventive as well as rehabilitative measures.

Keywords: pain; dance; causes; prevalence; perception

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About the article

Corresponding author: Priv.-Doz. Dr. Dr. med. Eileen M. Wanke, Institute of Occupational Medicine, Social Medicine and Environmental Medicine, Dance Medicine Department, Goethe University, Theodor-Stern-Kai 7, 9B, 60590 Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Phone: +49 (0) 69 6301 6650, Fax: +49 (0) 69 6301 7053


Received: 2018-06-25

Revised: 2018-07-16

Accepted: 2018-07-19

Published Online: 2018-08-11

Published in Print: 2018-10-25


Authors’ statements

Research funding: None.

Conflict of interest: None.

Informed consent: Not applicable.

Ethical approval: Not applicable.


Citation Information: Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Volume 18, Issue 4, Pages 567–574, ISSN (Online) 1877-8879, ISSN (Print) 1877-8860, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sjpain-2018-0105.

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