10 MILLION SPORTS INJURIES PER YEAR IN UNITED STATES POINTS TO A SIGNIFICANT NEED FOR INJURY PREVENTION EDUCATION INITIATIVES
According to the Merck Manual of Medical Information for Sports Injuries: "More than 10 million sports injuries are treated each year in the United States." The seriousness of this problem points to the need for education initiatives which target injury prevention.
One of the most significant factors which relates to the mechanism of joint stress and injury is available information on correct postural alignment.The subject of fundamental movement mechanics as a prerequisite to sports specific training is demonstrated in many top level eastern bloc development programs in sports such as gymnastics. In eastern Bloc countries, classical ballet based choreography training provides a foundation for the correct execution of technical sports specific movement. Classical ballet training is considered to be the most advanced movement mechanics training in the world, providing a foundation for the development of joint strength, postural alignment and precision control of the human frame in space.
In an effort to reduce injuries in dance and sports development programs, a resource has been constructed to introduce information on classical ballet based postural ideals and alignment problems which contribute to the mechanism of joint stress and many common injuries. To access this educational resource on the web, visit:
Contact: Stephen M. Apatow
Dance & SportScience Information Network
Eastern United States: (203) 668-0282 Western United States: (775) 884-4680