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Sarah Kenny

Sarah Kenny, PhD, is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in UCalgary's faculties of arts and kinesiology. Her primary research interests and objectives include reducing the prevalence and incidence of dance-related injury, thus optimizing dancer performance and mitigating the long-term consequences of musculoskeletal injury in the dance population. Through scientific inquiry, Sarah’s work strives for a paradigm shift – away from the ‘fear and avoidance’ culture of dance injury and towards preventing and/or delaying the onset of musculoskeletal injury through primary and secondary prevention strategies.

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Selected publications

Peer-reviewed publications

Indexed journal articles

  • Kenny, S., Palacios-Derflingher, L., Owoeye, O., Whittaker, J., Emery, C. (in press). Between-day reliability of pre-participation screening components in pre-professional ballet and contemporary dancers. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.
  • Kenny, S., Palacios-Derflingher, L., Shi, Q., Whittaker, J., Emery, C. (in press). The association between previous injury and risk factors for future injury in pre-professional ballet and contemporary dancers. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.
  • Kenny, S., Palacios-Derflingher, L., Whittaker, J., Emery, C. (in press). Does injury definition matter? The influence of injury definition on interpretations of injury risk in pre-professional ballet and contemporary dancers. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.
  • Kenny, S., Whittaker, J., Emery, C. (2016). Risk factors for musculoskeletal injury in pre-professional dancers: A systematic review. British Journal of Sport Medicine (50)16: 997 – 1003. 
  • Nordin, S., Walker, I., Baker, J., Garner, J., Hardy, C., Irvine, S., Jola, C., Laws, H., & Blevins, P. (2011). Injury, Imagery and self-esteem in dance: Healthy minds in injured bodies. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science (15)2: 76 – 85.
  • Redding, E., Weller, P., Ehrenberg, S., Irvine, S., Quin, E., Rafferty, S., Wyon, M. & Cox, C. (2009). The development of a high intensity dance performance fitness test. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science (13)1: 3 – 9.

 

Indexed abstracts

  • Kenny, S., Palacios-Derflinger, L., Qian, S., Whittaker, J. & Emery, C. (2017). Risk factors for injury in pre-professional ballet and contemporary dancers. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine 27(3): e46.
  • Kenny, S., Palacios-Derflinger, L., Whittaker, J. & Emery, C. (2017). Does Injury Definition Matter? The Influence of Injury Definition on Interpretations of Injury Risk in Pre-Professional Ballet and Contemporary Dancers. British Journal of Sports Medicine 51(4): 339-340.
  • MacDonald, K., Palacios-Derflinger, L., Kenny, S., Emery, C. & Meeuwisse, W. (2017). Jumper’s Knee: A prospective evaluation of risk factors in volleyball players using an overuse measure of injury. British Journal of Sports Medicine 51(4): 355-356.
  • Kenny, S., Toomey, C., & Emery, C. (2016). The relationship between body composition and injury history in pre-professional ballet and contemporary dancers. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine 26(3): e89.
  • Irvine, S. & Redding, E. (2007) Talent identification in dance, and considerations of training young exceptionally talented dancers: A literature review. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science (11)1: 10.
  • Rafferty, S., Redding, E., Irvine, S. & Quin, E. (2007). The effects of a one-year dance-specific fitness training programme on undergraduate modern dance students: An experimental study. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science (11)1: 16.
  • Holyoak-Çiftçi, K., Wyon, M., Redding, E., Irvine, S. & Bradbear, R. (2007). A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral aloe vera gel in contemporary dancers. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science (11)1: 22.

 

Resource papers

  • Irvine, S., Rafferty, S., & Redding, E. (2010). Dance Fitness Resource Paper. International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, 1 (2).

 

Non-indexed journal articles

  • Irvine, S. (Spring 2006). The effect of Alexander technique on dancers’ performance, alignment and confidence. The Alexander Journal (21), 30 – 39.

 

Non-peer-reviewed publications

  • Kenny, S. (Fall 2013). The Importance of Fitness Training for Dancers. Healthy Dancer Canada: The Dance Health Alliance of Canada Newsletter.
  • Irvine, S. & Redding, E. (2006). Dance science research report: For the development of Laban’s centre for advanced training (CAT) in dance. London: Laban.
  • Redding E. & Irvine, S. (Autumn 2006). Young people: A new focus for dance research. Dance UK News (62) 27.
  • Irvine, S. (Winter 2005). Immeasurable? The dance in dance science: A report on the Laban Research Conference Day on 23 July 2005. Dance UK News (59) 18.

 

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