Our bones are important because they serve as the foundation on which we are built. Bone is living tissue that contains blood vessels; proteins, including collagen; and cells that are actively maintaining healthy bone. Bone also contains many minerals, the most important of which is calcium.Read More
Adequate Vitamin D and calcium are crucial to maintain proper bone health. In the last decade, Vitamin D deficiency throughout the world has risen dramatically.Read More
- 77% of the population in the United States lack adequate levels of Vitamin D.
- In 2010, a study of dancers from Israel found that 94% had low Vitamin D levels.
Dancing en pointe is an advanced stage of ballet that requires unique skills. The challenge is to place almost all of your weight on the extreme tips of your toes, yet appear as light as a feather. In fact, no matter how long all of your toes are, research has shown that most of your body weight is carried on the tip of your big toe. It may sound very hard, but in truth, it’s even harder!Read More
Americans love football. It’s no surprise that athletes from the high school level on down are drawn to the game. In 2012, a whopping 4.2 million played football, including more than one million high school students. But popularity comes with a price, and in the case of football, the price includes injuries.Read More
Concussions can occur in daily activity as well as during any sport or recreational activities - including dance. Concussions can have immediate and long lasting effects on an individual. Therefore, all concussions are considered serious. It is essential that dancers, dance educators, dance coaches, parents, and healthcare providers learn the signs and symptoms of concussion and what to do if a concussion occurs.Read More
Dancers can find themselves in a variety of challenging performance situations. During exercise, sweating is usually the primary mechanism of body cooling. The evaporation of sweat from the skin’s surface assists the body in regulating core temperature. If the body cannot adequately evaporate sweat from the skin’s surface, core temperature rises rapidly. A side effect of sweating is the loss of valuable body fluids. The rate of fluid loss is related to exercise intensity, individual differences, environmental conditions and adaptation to them, clothing (costumes and dance clothes), and baseline hydration status.Read More