Validating a dance specific screening test for balance
Dancers know where to place their arms in fifth position, even with their eyes closed.
The directions are anterior (A), medial, lateral, posterior, anteromedial, anterolateral, posteromedial (PM), and posterolateral (PL).The aim of the study was to compare musculoskeletal pain reported by professional dancers on the Self-Estimated Functional Inability because of Pain (SEFIP) screening questionnaire with that which was found in a physical examination using a test battery (TB) designed for dancers.Twenty-eight volunteers from two of the major ballet companies in Sweden participated.Wellness programs are being increasingly employed with performing artists.Given their aim of reducing injuries, injury tracking is commonly employed as an outcome measure.Evaluating the development and process of a wellness program can also enhance its effectiveness.
Developmental evaluation offers one methodological framework within which to conduct such investigations.
The collective expertise of the assessors was used to modify the components and process of the screen to strive for ecological appropriateness.
The process also fostered buy-in from all involved.
A number of limitations are associated with the SEBT owing to the lack of a definitive published protocol outlining its administration.
The touch-down aspect of the test allows for the individual to be supported by the ground, and the actual amount of pressure allowed through the foot is difficult to quantify and control.
The mean sensitivity and specificity of the SEFIP were 78% and 89%, respectively, but both varied for different body regions. Overall, the SEFIP questionnaire shows good agreement with the actual pain found on physical examination.