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J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2010 September; 54(3): 204.
PMCID: PMC2921787

Essential Dance Medicine

Reviewed by Brynne Stainsby, BA, DC

A Bracilović Humana Press,  2009,  178 pp., Soft Cover,  US $79.95,  CAN $83.95ISBN: ISBN: 9781934115671.

Ana Bracilović combines her dance experience with a medical specialty in physical medicine and rehabilitation in this review of dance injuries. It is organized into eight chapters: the first seven outline injuries divided by anatomical region and the last is an illustrated glossary of dance terms.

Each injury is presented with a case, diagnosis, epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical and diagnostic information, and treatment (brief outlines of both conservative and surgical options). As indicated in the foreword, this text is not meant to serve as a complete reference for the management of injured dancers; the reader must therefore rely upon the best available literature and clinical experience to create a treatment plan.

Relevant differential diagnoses are outlined and differences in presentation are contrasted to the general population. Crucial considerations, such as the effects of the female athlete triad and common dance technique errors, are described as they pertain to injury mechanism.

Despite the strengths of this text, there are weaknesses. It is only moderately referenced and there are a number of spelling and spacing errors that detract from the overall readability. As well, the classification of spondylolisthesis described incompletely and it is inaccurately stated that increased dorsiflexion increases susceptibility to ankle inversion injury.

This text is a helpful reference for those beginning to treat dancers. It is not extensive enough to serve as a resource for all aspects of diagnosis or management, but achieves its aim of highlighting the unique needs of a specialized population.


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