Comparison of biomechanical characteristics during the second landing phase in female Latin dancers: evaluation of the bounce and side chasse step

Fengfeng Li, Huiyu Zhou, Datao Xu, Julien S. Baker, Yaodong Gu*

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Abstract

Research on dance lower extremity joint motion has been limited. Thus, the purpose of this study was to investigate the lower limb biomechanics differences between the side chasse step (SCS) and the bounce step (BS) of the second landing phase in Jive. Thirteen female recreational Latin dancers (Age: 22 ± 2.5 years; Height: 1.65 ± 0.05 m; Weight: 50 ± 4.5 kg; Dance experience: 4 ± 2 years) were involved in the experiment. The same music was used throughout the data collection period. We intended to determine whether these two steps generate different kinematic and kinetic data. The ankle, hip, and knee joint angle, moment, velocity, and ground reaction force were calculated for each step. Results demonstrated that the lower limb biomechanics of the two different steps showed significant differences. As a result, strengthening the lower limb muscles (gastrocnemius, Tibialis muscle, and quadriceps) is significantly important to balance the joint strength and prevent foot injury. According to the training time reasonably increasing the heel height should be recognized as important. The current study could provide new insights into reducing lower extremity injuries and improving dance performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-129
Number of pages15
JournalMCB Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2022

Keywords

  • kinematics
  • Latin dance
  • lower limb injury
  • step kinetics

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