The role of sensorimotor incongruence in pain in professional dancersThe role of sensorimotor incongruence in pain in professional dancers
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Translational Neurosciences (TNW)
Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy (REVAKI)
2015Champaign, Ill., 2015
Motor control: the international journal for the multidisciplinary study of voluntary movement. - Champaign, Ill.
University of Antwerp
This study evaluated whether dancers with pain experience more sensory changes during an experimentally induced sensorimotor incongruent task and explored the relationship between sensorimotor incongruence and self-reported measures (e.g. Short Form 36-questionnaire (SF-36), psychosocial variables and physical activity). Forty-four dancers were subjected to a bimanual coordination test simulating sensorimotor incongruence (i.e. performing congruent and incongruent arm movements whilst viewing a whiteboard or mirror) and completed standardized questionnaires. Significantly more dancers experienced sensory changes during the performance of incongruent movements whilst viewing a mirror (p<.01), but the intensity of the reported sensations was very low. No differences were observed between dancers with and without baseline pain, but significant negative associations were found between sensorimotor incongruence and sub-scores of the SF-36. Sensorimotor incongruence can provoke small sensory changes in dancers but appears unrelated to baseline pain symptoms. Sensorimotor incongruence appears to be related to quality of life.