The Fit and Healthy Dancer

Author: Koutedakis, Yiammas


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  • ISBN: 9780471975281
  • Author: Koutedakis, Yiammas
  • Publ Date: 1999-02-19
  • Edition:
  • Pages: 368
  • Imprint: WILEY *#
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 5976

Table of Contents :

Fuel for Dance: Energy and Energy Production. Energy Cost of Different Forms of Dance. Nutrition to Fuel Dance. The Human Body: Body Composition and its Assessment. Somatotyping. Anatomy and Function of Bones and Skeleton. Skeleton Muscle and Muscle Fibre Characteristics (Slow and Fast Muscle Fibres, Different Types of Muscle Contraction). Fit for Dance: Aspects Affecting General Physical Performance and Fitness. The Definition, Assessment and Training of Muscle Strength, Muscle Power, Muscle Aerobic and Anaerobic Endurance. Training for Speed, Power and Endurance. Training for Strength. Mobility, Flexibility. Muscle Fatigue. Recovery from Exercise. The Importance of Warm-up and Cool-down. Medical and Health Aspects of Dance: Energy Balance and Weight Balance. The Effects of Reduced Body Weight in Dancers: Bone Density, Osteoporsis, Amenorrhoea. The Most Common Injuries in Dancers. The Causes of Injuries. Overtraining. Exercise Induced Asthma. Physiological/Anatomical Sex Differences Related to Dance. Paediatric Physiology Associated with Dance and Health.


Some of Britain's 25,000 professional dancers are so unfit that they are sustaining more injuries than players of contact sports such as rugby and boxing. This volume focuses on prevention of injury and maintenance of good health. The authors who are ex-dancers, utilise their elite sport competition, coaching, training, teaching, research, and writing experience in a wide variety of aspects of sport and exercise science.


"...This book is both interesting and informative...there is much in the content to benefit any teacher of movement and dance, as well as full-time students and professionals..." (Dance Teacher, Volume 48, Number 7) "...will undoubtedly be an excellent reference document for the dancer and the dance teacher..." (Physiotherapy in Sport)


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