Ballet Training Improves Muscle Coordination in Everyday Activities

Beyond Dance: Ballet Training Improves Muscle Coordination in Everyday Activities

Study examines how long-term dance training affects the nervous system’s control of movement

This is Steve McLendon, nose tackle for the Pittsburg Steelers and wait for it… ballet dancer. Yep, that’s right. All 320 pounds of McLendon spends hours prancing, doing arabesques
This is Steve McLendon, nose tackle for the Pittsburg Steelers and wait for it… ballet dancer. Yep, that’s right. All 320 pounds of McLendon spends hours prancing, doing arabesques

A new article in Journal of Neurophysiology reports that professional ballet dancers have more control over their muscles than individuals with no dance training.

Researchers from Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology found that ballet training optimized muscle coordination not only for dancing but also everyday movements. Ballet dancers had better balance and used their muscles more effectively and efficiently.

“Identifying how long-term training affects construction, storage and execution of movement may provide valuable insight into unknown mechanisms of motor coordination and motor learning that could guide future rehabilitation efforts,” the research team wrote.

For more details of the study, view the full release.


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The article “Long-term training modifies the modular structure and organization of walking balance control” is published in Journal of Neurophysiology. It is highlighted as one of this month’s “best of the best” as part of the American Physiological Society’s APSselect program. Read all of this month’s selected research articles on the APSselect site.