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Bone Health and Female Dancers: Physical and Nutritional Guidelines

Bone Health and Female Dancers: Physical and Nutritional Guidelines In addition to technical training, it is essential that dance instruction involve education with respect to the well-being of the whole dancer. Preparing the dancer must include strategies to maintain physical and mental health. The bone health of dancers has long been a topic of concern to dance medicine researchers. Poor nutrition, disordered eating, and excessive training can lead to hormone imbalance followed by delayed menarche (onset of menses) or...

Fueling the Dancer

Fueling the Dancer To perform at their best, dancers need to be well fueled for classes, rehearsals, and performances. This paper will present a strategy for obtaining the energy needed for dance training and the right balance of carbohydrate, fat, protein, micronutrients, and fluids. One important challenge facing many dancers is not ingesting sufficient quantities of food to meet the energydemands of dance. The first step in planning a high performance diet is to be sure...