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.

JENS NONNENMANN AKA MERCEDES-JENZ

Physiotherapist, Bboy

Physiotherapist specialized in musicians and dancers, myoreflex therapist, breaking teacher, international workshop leader, Breaking since 2000, Representing Tru Cru from Stuttgart/Germany

SOPHIE MANUELA LINDNER AKA SOPHIELA

Physiotherapist BSc MA, Bgirl

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

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.

MENTAL PRACTICE

London, 2012. 100m butterfly stroke – men. The US-American swimmer Michael Phelps is preparing himself for the start of the race. He seems a little introverted as he goes to the pool and takes two or three deep breaths. He is wearing big headphones and is listening to ´Lil Wayne´. Apparently, he is somewhere...

HIIT: HIGH INTENSIVE INTERVAL TRAINING

How to improve your physical condition to the next level and stay fit in the final of the battle? HIIT is a training method that consist of high intensive intervals combined with short regeneration phases. Recent studies have shown that with HIIT four minutes of training can be more effective than 45 minutes of normal...

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