The correlation between time loss due to injury and perceived health status in female collegiate dance students Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Bengtson, Eric Nils
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Dancers are a unique blend of artist and athlete particularly susceptible to musculoskeletal injuries and pain. When treating any athlete, it is important to consider the personal perception of health status. When considering the dancer, however, these perceptions may be especially important. One of the most widely used measures of perceived health status is the Short Form-36 (SF-36) Health Survey. Seventy-seven college dance students (aged 18-24) completed a survey containing the SF-36, in addition to an injury history and various dance specific questions. The goal of this study was to determine the correlation between total time loss due to injury (in days) and perceived health status in collegiate dance students. No significant correlation was found when examining time loss due to injury to the Physical (N = 73, r = -.096, p = .421) and Mental (N = 72, r = .006, p = .958) SF-36 scales. However, the relationship between sex-matched mental health status normative values and our measured values were statistically significant (t = -2.033, df = 71, p = .046). The results from our study suggest that the SF-36 health survey may represent an accurate way to measure mental health status if administered during a pre-season injury screen creating a baseline value for individual dancers. Progress could then be observed in an objective way previously difficult to measure among this population, specifically, the progress pertaining to the mental aspect of injury rehabilitation.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Art in the Department of Exercise & Sports Science."
  • Prentice, William
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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