Methodological considerations for documenting the energy demand of dance activity: a review

Beck, Sarah, Redding, Emma and Wyon, Matthew A. (2015) Methodological considerations for documenting the energy demand of dance activity: a review. Frontiers in psychology, 6. ISSN 1664-1078

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Previous research has explored the intensity of dance class, rehearsal, and performance and attempted to document the body's physiological adaptation to these activities. Dance activity is frequently described as: complex, diverse, non-steady state, intermittent, of moderate to high intensity, and with notable differences between training and performance intensities and durations. Many limitations are noted in the methodologies of previous studies creating barriers to consensual conclusion. The present study therefore aims to examine the previous body of literature and in doing so, seeks to highlight important methodological considerations for future research in this area to strengthen our knowledge base. Four recommendations are made for future research. Firstly, research should continue to be dance genre specific, with detailed accounts of technical and stylistic elements of the movement vocabulary examined given wherever possible. Secondly, a greater breadth of performance repertoire, within and between genres, needs to be closely examined. Thirdly, a greater focus on threshold measurements is recommended due to the documented complex interplay between aerobic and anaerobic energy systems. Lastly, it is important for research to begin to combine temporal data relating to work and rest periods with real-time measurement of metabolic data in work and rest, in order to be able to quantify demand more accurately.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV1580 Dance
Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Departments > Dance
Depositing User: Sarah Needham-Beck
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2019 15:11
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 10:07

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