Journal of
Music and Dance

  • Abbreviation: J. Music Dance
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2360-8579
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMD
  • Start Year: 2011
  • Published Articles: 23

Full Length Research Paper

Dancers' perceptions of injuries

Debra C. Rivera1*, Jeffrey L. Alexander2, Guy M. Nehrenz2 and Betty J. Fields3
  1P. O. Box 505, Candler, Florida, USA. 2A. T. Still University, 5850 E. Still Circle, Mesa, AZ 85206, USA. 3Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, USA.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 03 November 2011
  •  Published: 30 March 2012



Dance socioculture encourages dancers to perform through pain and injury and influences whether dancers will take time off in the event of an injury. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact dancers' mind-set and enculturation had on their decision to continue to train and perform through injury. Fifteen trained dancers (5 males and 10 females), age 27.7±14.25 years, completed a survey to determine the dancers' perceptions of injury and rehabilitation decisions post-injury. Findings indicate that enculturated perceptions may play a significant role in dancers' response to injury.


Key words: Dancers, injury, perceptions, enculturation, rehabilitation.