The Hidden Dangers of Ballet: How Striving for Perfection can Impact Bone Health and Mental Well-Being in Dancers.

Researchers in Fort Worth are studying the health of female ballet dancers – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Ballet is a highly demanding performance art that requires immense dedication and sacrifice to reach the professional level. However, these sacrifices can take a toll on the physical and mental well-being of dancers, particularly their bone health. Researchers at the Performing Arts Medicine Clinic at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth are studying how these sacrifices can impact a dancer’s health, specifically their bone health. Dr. Yein Lee, the Fellowship Director at UNT Health Science Center, mentions that they often see these issues in clinic from a sports medicine perspective.

Dr. Stephen Fung, a Performing Arts Medicine Fellow, was motivated to find out why dancers experience stress injuries and fractures through his personal experience as a Dancesport competitor. He initiated a study to identify risk factors and solutions to prevent these injuries in ballet dancers. His research focuses on women dancers, acknowledging the biological differences that can impact their health. Dr. Fung emphasizes the importance of addressing the aesthetics that young dancers are concerned about during their training. The pressure to be strong yet maintain a slender appearance may lead to body image issues, eating disorders, and calorie restriction among dancers seeking a certain look.

Bethany Bailey, a dance student and teacher at TCU, adds to the discussion by mentioning the prevalence of eating disorders in the dance community. She emphasizes the importance of promoting a healthy mindset and body image in dance departments. Bailey shares her personal experience with ballet, which she has been involved in since childhood. She highlights how it’s essential for dance schools and teachers to prioritize not only technical skills but also physical and mental well-being when training young dancers.

Dr. Lee observes a cultural shift within the dance world towards prioritizing the health and well-being of dancers

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