Although contemporary dance technique is most frequently rehearsed and performed barefoot, in the past decade there has been a large movement towards wearing socks in the studio and on stage. Socks may help protect dancers’ feet from abrasions and other surface trauma, but to date there are no studies on the impact socks have on performance or injury risk in contemporary dancers.
Six female participants with contemporary dance experience were randomly assigned an order of sock conditions between barefoot, thin cotton socks, and thick wool socks. Within each condition, participants performed four trials of a stag jump, landing on an imbedded force plate. Each trial was analyzed with 3D kinematic analysis, surface electromyography, and kinetic data.
A one-way repeated measures analysis of variance was run for each variable. There was a significant difference in last stride length and total flight time, indicating both sock conditions caused the participant to travel less in their last stride and decrease their flight time (p
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Ferrell, Julie. (2019). Biomechanical Impact of Socks as Footwear on Contemporary Dancers (Masters’ theses). Retrieved https://researchonline.trinitylaban.ac.uk/oa/thesis/?p=1193
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