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Dance Injuries and Dance Medicine
Ruth L. Solomon & John L. Solomon
Dance medicine is the much younger and less well-endowed stepsister of sports medicine. As a clinical specialty, its origins can be traced back to the early 1980s, when a few pioneering orthopedic surgeons became associated with major ballet companies, mainly in the English-speaking world. More widespread interaction has developed steadily but slowly, restricted by a number of factors. Relative to athletes, for example, dancers are a small and, for the most part, impecunious population; hence, there is little incentive for doctors to seek them out as patients. From the dancer's point of view, doctors have traditionally been seen to be ill informed where the demands of their discipline are concerned, all too ready to require of them untenable lapses of time away from dance and prohibitively expensive. At least, until recently dancers have tended to seek out instead what they consider to be the quick-fix services of adjunctive medicine Several ...