Considering new moves in dance medicine and science: Promoting a translational agenda for improved applied impact

Howie J. Carson*, Wendy M. Timmons, Martin Lanfear

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Over the past 35 years the dance domain has adopted sports medicine as a key driver of professional practice. However, similar to limitations identified within sport, research is yet to achieve its full translational potential within applied settings. This Viewpoints paper begins to identify and unpick key philosophical and methodological aspects, with the view to stimulate discussion in this rapidly growing and developing domain. Firstly, we outline a pragmatic philosophy that underpins expert professional practice as a basis to evaluate research. Secondly, we critically appraise study design characteristics to exemplify a gap between accepted scientific research protocols and professional needs within applied settings. Thirdly, we comment on recommendations/insights made within the literature against the requirements and practices professionals. Finally, based on this appraisal we suggest an exemplar new line of research that draws upon a pragmatic philosophy; namely, motor skill refinement. In enacting these ‘new moves’, we look forward to increased collaboration between practitioners and academics to fully realise a strong applied evidence-base. This task will not be easy, as with any interdisciplinary research, and should draw upon interdisciplinary expertise to do so. Hopefully our brief comments will provide a stimulus for further discussion, planning and future action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-72
JournalResearch In Dance Education
Issue number1
Early online date6 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2024

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • biomechanics
  • motor control
  • pedagogy
  • performance art
  • professional Practice
  • skill refinement


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