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    Thumbs down Ballet for idiopathic scoliosis prevention??

    I saw this side BalletPeeking.com and at the bottom of the page it says

    * corrective gymnastic
    * scoliosis prevention
    * flat foot exercise


    Why I react, is that there are reports saying that between 13-25% of all professional ballet dancers have scoliosis and we have reason to believe that back bends could at fault, like I mentioned in the is earlier thread


    What do you think?

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    Default Scoliosis in young ballet dancers

    Here is a reference reporting 24% prevalence rate of scoliosis in ballet dancers:

    "we found that the prevalence of scoliosis was 24 percent and that it rose with increases in age at menarche"


    I just can't see how someone would want to use ballet to prevent scoliosis after hearing a statement like that.

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    Dance, gymnastics, swimming.....all have been shown to serve as environmental factors (via activities) that can negatively influence scoliosis. These activities are chosen because they cause hyper-extension of the thoracic kyphosis (causing a flattening of the mid back curve). Chronic sleeping on one's stomach and over-weighted back packs may also be contributing environmental factors/activities….among many others. (Hint: This would be a great place for a brain storming session on activities that cause a flattening of the thoracic/mid back curvature/kyphosis)

    The other side of the environmental factors coin is bio-mechanical factors......Forward head posture, loss of the normal lordotic curves (forward side view curves) in the neck and low back, hip rotation, trauma related ligament damage in the neck (especially the alar ligaments that connect the head to the spine)....these are the most common bio-mechanical factors I consistently see in early stage case with a minimal cobb angle.

    Other possible/maybe factors like increased level of osteopontin (OPN) or melatonin signaling dysfunction (MSD) are very real possibilities, but it is too early to tell if they are primary factors or secondary adaptations.

    The MSD theory is currently being called into question by new studies/data coming out of China, but some of the methodology used in those studies may also be called into question. I can't comment b/c I haven't see the actual studies yet.


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