Soulful Rhythm, Dancing Bodies: Spirituality, Pain Tolerance, and the Risk of Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Injuries Among Classical Kathak Dancers of India




dance injuries, Indian classical dance, pain perception, supplementary exercise training


Background: Dance and dancers reflect happiness, sadness, passion, anger, and all other emotions as every single dancing movement carries a significant signal that goes beyond words. Kathak, an Indian classical dance form, requires a divine balance between the soul and the physical body. This balance allows for a high pain tolerance of the dancers, but the spiritual nature of this dance form also generates ignorance and disinterest in their health seeking behavior towards injuries.

Objectives: This comprehensive narrative review is aimed at exploring and examining the prevalence of lower extremity musculoskeletal injuries among Kathak dancers and proposes management strategies for their prevention and treatment.

Methods: This review is based on a search of relevant articles, research papers, books and book chapters conducted across a wide array of online sources, utilizing the search engines like PubMed, Medline, CrossRef; etc. Considering the inclusion criterion, the review process included three stages: initial assessment of papers through title and abstract review, a detailed examination of relevant items, and systematic compilation of pertinent information into a categorized table under topical headings.

Results: The review finds that the majority of injuries were reported in the foot and ankle region of dancers practicing Kathak.

Conclusion: There is a need to develop supplementary exercise training programs and also spread awareness among dancers regarding their physical health and seeking medical care in time to delay/prevent lower extremity injuries.


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Dewari, A. S., Bogin, B., & Chandel, S. (2024). Soulful Rhythm, Dancing Bodies: Spirituality, Pain Tolerance, and the Risk of Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Injuries Among Classical Kathak Dancers of India. Human Biology and Public Health, 1.



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