Functional Screening Tests for Predicting Injury in Ballet Dancers


This research will be conducted to examine the various functional tests that are used when screening ballet dancers before a season, in order to determine if they have the ability to predict if a dancer will suffer an injury or injuries. The goal of this research is to identify the test or tests that may allow us to predict injury so that injury prevention services can be improved for future ballet dancers.


Ballet dancers are a group of artistic athletes that suffer a high rate of musculoskeletal injury, and injury prevention is of paramount importance. Ballet therapists utilize unique sets of functional tests in hope to identify and prevent injury risk. The purpose of this study is to investigate the ability of these specific functional movement tests to predict the possibility of a ballet dancer suffering a musculoskeletal injury or injuries.


You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: healthy
  • Age: Between 18 Years - 30 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female

Inclusion Criteria
Have been enrolled as a full-time ballet major at Indiana University
Have been taking at least 8 ballet credits a semester
Exclusion Criteria
Have been actively recovering from any surgical interventions
Have a history of acute injury that limited performance within two weeks of their functional movement screens whose data will be collected for this study

Additional Information:
This study takes place in Bloomington, IN and is only accepting ballet dancers within the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington.

Participants will not be paid for their participation.

Updated on 20 Nov 2022 . Study ID: TX7339

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