Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

Spring 2020

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project


Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Marita Cardinal

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks


The overwhelming majority of dancers’ face injuries throughout their careers. The effects of injuries can range from resting for two weeks to career ending. Many dancers, especially at the college level, lack accessible education on how to prevent their injuries. This research is being targeted at WOU dancers, hoping to give them easy access to injury prevention materials and exercises, while helping to minimize the financial burden of seeking professional help. Through detailed analyses of five major regions of the body, information on common dance injuries becomes clearer and easier to analyze. The analyses will include classification of major joints, ranges of motion, types of motion, and major contributing muscles. The major regions of the body will be classified as ankle/foot, leg/knee, hip/pelvis, spine, and shoulder/scapula. After examining the anatomical background, exercises to increase strength, flexibility and stability of the major contributing muscles will be developed. Given the vast number of possible injuries, the study has been delimited to include a sampling of common dance injuries that will allow this research to be applicable for many college-age dancers. A series of pictures and images will be created and distributed compiling all the researched exercises to provide accessible education and injury prevention resources to dancers.



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