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Comparison of Biomechanical Characteristics during the Second Landing Phase in Female Latin Dancers: Evaluation of the Bounce and Side Chasse Step

Fengfeng Li1, Huiyu Zhou1,2, Datao Xu1, Julien S. Baker3, Yaodong Gu1,*
1 Faculty of Sports Science, Ningbo University, Ningbo, 315211, China
2 School of Health and Life Sciences, University of the West of Scotland, Scotland, G72 0LH, UK
3 Department of Sport and Physical Education, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, 999077, China
* Corresponding Author: Yaodong Gu. Email:

Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics 2022, 19(3), 115-129. https://doi.org/10.32604/mcb.2022.022658

Received 19 March 2022; Accepted 16 May 2022; Issue published 14 June 2022

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.

Keywords

Latin dance; lower limb injury; step kinetics; kinematics

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Li, F., Zhou, H., Xu, D., Baker, J. S., Gu, Y. (2022). Comparison of Biomechanical Characteristics during the Second Landing Phase in Female Latin Dancers: Evaluation of the Bounce and Side Chasse Step. Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics, 19(3), 115–129.



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