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THE JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS
Rivista di Medicina, Traumatologia e Psicologia dello Sport
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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 1999 June;39(2):165-8
The effects of long-term aerobic dance on agility and flexibility
Bobo M., Yarbrough M.
Department HPER, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA
Background. The benefits of aerobic dance toward the contribution to overall wellness have been studied in a skewed manner. Numerous studies in the past have examined the cardiorespiratory benefits of aerobic dance. Fewer studies have reported the effects on agility, flexibility and coordination. Moreover even fewer studies have used aerobic dance instructors as subjects.
Methods. To examine the effects of long-term aerobic dance on agility and selected measures of flexibility, fifty-four experienced and non-experienced aerobic dance teachers were tested on these parameters.
Results. No significant differences were identified in any parameter.
Conclusions. On the basis of the present data we conclude that extended participation in aerobic dance does not contribute to better sit and reach flexibility, trunk flexibility, dynamic rotational flexibility or agility and that aerobic dance teachers should participate in general flexibility stretching activities and secondary activities to improve and/or maintain agility and general coordination.