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Biomechanical Evaluation of Dancers and Assessment of Their Risk of Injury

Lisa M. Schoene Gurnee Podiatry & Sports Medicine, 351 S Greenleaf St, Ste C, Park City, IL 60085.

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Professional dancers have a 90% risk of injury during their career. The lower extremity is involved in approximately 75% of the injuries sustained by dancers. Proper biomechanical evaluation, risk assessment, and prevention-oriented treatment are necessary to minimize future problems and promote a full and lasting recovery when an injury is sustained. This article outlines the in-office evaluation process and discusses backstage care. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 97(1): 75–80, 2007)