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  • Optimization of Classical Ballet and Sports Development Programs

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Classical ballet training (CBT) is considered to be the most advanced technical movement mechanics training in the world, providing a foundation for the development of joint strength, postural alignment and precision control of the human frame in space.  Utilizing the CBT mechanical ideal as a reference point, we will focus on performance optimization as well as how deviation from the mechanical ideal corresponds with the mechanism of joint stress and injury. The subject matter in this program was  first introduced in 1999 at the National Conference for the Society of State Directors of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (73rd Annual Meeting Program) for U.S. Board of Education offices and health educators representing all 50 states and was formally presented as an International Sports Science Association (ISSA) accredited course at the state American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Combined Convention on February 12, 2003 in Reno-Sparks, Nevada..

Combined with the lecture, practical exercises in postural analysis and correction will provide participants with a functional understanding of:

  • The science of classical ballet training and analysis of alignment. 
  • Common mechanisms of joint stress, injury and prevention.
  • Developmental challenges in U.S. classical ballet and sports development programs.
  • Accentuated training, pre-class warm-up, stretch and flexibility. 
  • Practical applications of classical ballet based alignment into upper and lower body exercise sequences.
  • Integration of classical ballet alignment ideals into sports specific skills (Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Equestrian, Martial Arts, Cross-country and Downhill Skiing and more).

SMSI  is in the process of developing a Biomechanics Specialist Certification. The scope of this program would encompass an academic expansion of materials covered in this continuing education program. This program would encompass several certification levels ranging from a Level I program for physical therapists, exercise physiologists and fitness professionals to Level II program for medical professionals (Physicians: D.C., D.O., M.D.). 


Classical Ballet & Sports Development.

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For questions or additional information, contact: 

Stephen M. Apatow
Director of Research and Development
Sports Medicine & Science Institute
Pathobiologics International
Phone: (203) 668-0282
Email: s.m.apatow@esportsmedicine.org

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