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

The body of urban dancers handle hard and repetitive impact, which can cause innumerous injuries and shorten promising careers. Urban Dance Health shares knowledge about health, training and treatment focused on their specific needs. The platform offer blog posts, tutorials and videos, as well as workshops and physiotherapy check-ups at Breaking and Hip Hop events.

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

Breaking since 2000, Representing Tru Cru from Stuttgart/Germany

JENS NONNENMANN

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

SOPHIE M. LINDNER

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

AKA SOPHIELA

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

URBAN HEALTH YOGA

Urban Health Yoga is an integrated concept that was specifically developed for dancers, body artists and other enthusiasts of body movement. It combines five important modules of well-being: Breathing Mobilisation Balance & Coordination Flexibility Calmness   APPROACH Especially when only isolated muscle groups are trained for improved performance and one is under high pressure...

PASSION IN BREAKING: A PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACH

Passion is what pushes us to do something, even something that takes up a lot of physical sacrifice, time and often also injuries.  In Breaking there is a high risk of getting injured and many Bboys and Bgirls suffer from it. For one reason, psychology is intended to provide information on possible psychological variables that...

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.

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