URBAN DANCE HEALTH: Know-how about health, training and treatment for the urban dancer

is dance-medicine and high performance training applied on the urban dancer. In urban dance, in Breaking, as well as in Hip Hop, it has been showed that numerous injuries take place. The body of an urban dancer has to handle immense impact. Apart of being an artist, the urban dancer is also a high leisure athlete with a high risk of injuring him- or herself.

ACTIVITIES

BLOG

Urban Dance Health is a platform where experts in health and urban dance get the opportunity to interact. Informative articles, tutorials and scientific studies are presented. Experts in a health related professional field and urban dance are invited to share their knowledge in form of blog articles or videos. Through a transparent exchange of knowledge, the health awareness of an urban dancer should be awakened and therefore, a long, fulfilling dance career with low risks of injuries and a higher performance should be given.

WORKSHOPS

The Urban Dance Health Workshop is an interactive workshop designed to educate urban dancers on the fundamentals of dance medicine, high performance training and specific knowledge on injury prevention. Dancers are taught to apply principles and exercises easily through a combination of lectures and practical exercises. The focus is set on training structure, physical fitness and self-help therapy. A multiplicity of exercises about resistance and stabilization training, as well as stretching and treatment techniques will be taught. Information is based on the latest research from dance and sport science.

TREATMENTS

At Breaking and Hip Hop events urban dancers can obtain physiotherapeutic care. The Urban Dance Health team provides health-based assessment, advice and treatment for the competition participants. The urban dancers are treated individually depending on their symptoms and causes. To have a long term effect on the dancer’s health, he or she receives a selection of exercises for his or her rehabilitation process. Preventive exercises will be taught. In case of emergency also primary care can be provided and a prognosis for a further participation in the competition can be made.

TUTORIALS

Learning about health in urban dance in form of videos. Different tutorials about the shoulder, wrist, spine, lower extremities, HIIT and many more. This videos are especially dedicated to urban dancers. You can learn how to strengthen, stretch and prevent typical injuries.

SCIENCE

Exchange about scientific studies focusing on urban dance is urgant to bring our dance to the next level. Our Urban Dance Health team has conducted two scientific, clinical studies with a total of 141 bboys. Here the abstracts.

FACEBOOK

Stay informed about all projects concerning health and urban dance. Also join our health forum, which is dedicated to experts in a health related professional field. Contact us and we add you!

RECENT WORKS

URBAN DANCE HEALTH TEAM

In order to share a dance-medical knowledge to urban dancers, Urban Dance Health was established by Sophie Manuela Lindner in 2014. Together with Jens Nonnenmann they represent the Urban Dance Health Team.

AKA MERCEDES-JENZ

Bboy

Breaking since 2000, Representing Tru Cru from Stuttgart/Germany

JENS NONNENMANN

Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist specialized in musicians and dancers, myoreflex therapist, breaking teacher, international workshop leader

SOPHIE M. LINDNER

Physiotherapist BSc MA

Sports physiotherapist BSc. MA., Certificate in dance medicine (tamed) and Interdisciplinary Fascia Therapy (IFT® Methode), Scientific Research Team CIT, international workshop leader

AKA SOPHIELA

Bgirl

Breaking since 2007, Hip Hop, Locking, Popping, Newstyle, House since 2002, Representing Skill Sisters Crew from Stuttgart/Germany and M.O.T. Crew from Salzburg/Austria

LATEST NEWS

WARM-UP IN BREAKING

A proper warm-up prevents dance injuries and improves the dancer’s performance. So how does a proper warm-up of a bboy or bgirl look like, especially at competitions? In this article the benefits and mistakes during warm-up, as well as an example of training halos/tracks are described.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: URBAN DANCE, HEALTH & SCIENCE

In this bibliography all studies concerning urban dance, health & science are collected. Studies concerning all different dance styles from Breaking to Wacking, from Hip Hop to Popping, from Voguing to Locking, … and all health related topics are presented in form of their abstracts or links to directly download the paper. If you...

REGENERATION – WOUND HEALING PHASES

What happens after I got injured and what should I do? Injured tissue heals in three phases. In the following you are going to see the different wound healing phases, the days and what is happening in each phase. The duration of each phase can vary. It depends on the dimension of the trauma...

STATIC OR DYNAMIC STRETCHING

“Should we stretch static or dynamic?“ is one of many questions among dancers. Is it necessary to stretch before and/or after the training? Do I yield good results? Should I feel pain while stretching? Let’s clarify these questions.

THE BREAKER’S WRIST

Many studies show that the wrist and the fingers are the most injury-prone parts of the body of a breaker. In the following post you are going to read about the cause of wrist injuries and get some preventional advices for doing freezes, powermoves and footworks without getting injured.

THE BREAKER’S SHOULDER

A lot of bboys and bgirls have problems with their shoulder when they go down to the floor in breaking. The shoulder is a joint that is mostly held up by muscles. Because of this, the proper physical preparation of the shoulder muscles is essential for having a professional breaking career.

THE BREAKER’S LOWER EXTREMITIES

In Breaking the knee, as well as the ankle and the hip are injury-prone parts of the body of a bboy and a bgirl. It is really important to get your lower extremities prepared to handle the high impact moves in breaking. Here you learn about injury prevention, cause of injury and get some...

THE BREAKER’S SPINE

In Breaking the spine is an injury-prone part of the body of a bboy and a bgirl. Many dancers suffer from herniated vertebral discs and other spine related injuries. Here you learn about injury prevention, cause of injury and get some physiotherapeutic advices.

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