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National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science – Birmingham Clinic Opens and Vitamin D deficiency in dancers found

DanceUK's Erin Sanchez receiving the cheque from Mark Rasmussen of Harlequin Floors.<br />© DanceUK. (Click image for larger version)
DanceUK’s Erin Sanchez receiving the cheque from Mark Rasmussen of Harlequin Floors.
© DanceUK. (Click image for larger version)

Great news: Following the success of the London NHS specialist dance injury clinic, got going by the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) partnership, Harlequin Floors have made a donation of £10,000 to open a second clinic: in Birmingham. There are also embryonic plans to open clinics in Leeds and Scotland. More about the Birmingham clinic in the press release at the end.

This is important work and a Christmas drive for donations begins today:
More here: Be a Dance Angel this Christmas – DanceUK and National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science need your support.

As another example of the work that the partners in NIDMS do a report has just been released:

Royal National Orthopaedic study discovers vitamin D deficiency in dancers
Researchers at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), University of Wolverhampton and the Jerwood Centre at Birmingham Royal Ballet, three of the founding partners of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, have discovered significant benefits of oral vitamin D supplements in elite ballet dancers and are now urging medical professionals and trainers to consider providing dancers with vitamin D during the winter months.

The full release is on the DanceUK site.


Release date 29 November 2013

Harlequin Floors makes donation of £10,000 to support the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science

On Friday 29 November 2013 the partners of the ground-breaking National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) announced a ground-breaking agreement to establish the second ever NHS specialist dance injury clinic in Birmingham following the success of the London clinic at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. The new clinic is being made possible by an additional generous donation of £10,000 by the world’s leading dance floor manufacturer, Harlequin Floors, who were a founding donor in 2010 when they gave £30,000.

This dance industry led initiative is important because research has shown 80% of professional dancers suffer an injury that stops them working each year, so fast, affordable, specialist healthcare is critical to keeping dancers in employment.

Birmingham is one of the biggest hubs of dancers in England with a concentration of Dance Science expertise including three of the founding NIDMS partners: Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB); University of Wolverhampton’s Dance Science Department; and University of Birmingham’s dance psychology research group in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and School of Psychology.

Presenting the Harlequin cheque for £10,000 to Helen Laws, the NIDMS Manager based at Dance UK, Group Marketing Manager Mark Rasmussen said:

“We all appreciate the level of skill and athleticism required to dance at the top level, and we recognise how injuries can potentially ruin a career. That is why Harlequin Floors provided financial support for the creation of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science some three years ago. We are delighted that the funds we injected acted as a catalyst to begin turning the dream into reality and that the first centre at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital has proved such a success. So much so that NIDMS is now planning the opening of a second centre in Birmingham.”

The new clinic will be based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and work in partnership with Birmingham Royal Ballet’s state-of-the-art Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injuries. The first NHS dance injury clinic opened in London at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in May 2012. It has treated over 200 dancers in its first year and been widely acclaimed by dancers and dance companies.

“I’m extremely grateful to the NIDMS injury clinic…I believe that without their input, I would not be dancing now. I would recommend, and HAVE recommended the service to many others”.

Emer Walsh, Assistant Choreographer and Resident Director, <Into the Hoods

The Birmingham announcement marks a significant milestone in fulfilling the goal announced at the London NIDMS launch last year to raise further funds to create similar services where there are concentrations of dancers across the UK by 2017.

Nick Allen, Clinical Director at BRB’s Jerwood Centre said:

“The Jerwood Centre at Birmingham Royal Ballet has long been recognised as having both state of the art facilities and expertise when it comes to dancers health and well-being. Similarly the new state of the art Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and its sports medicine and rehabilitation facility has been demonstrating the value of specialist care in the region and therefore is a perfect fit for the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) and local dancers in providing the support needed for this unique group of athletes.”

Dr Leon Creaney, Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham says:

“We look forward to providing a world-class NHS specialist dance injury clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and forging a successful partnership with the Jerwood Centre.

This model of care has worked extremely well in London and we plan to replicate this in Birmingham so the region’s dancers can receive a bespoke service. The clinic offers a multi-disciplinary approach utilising a Sports Physician and Sports Physiotherapist to offer experienced care for dancers.”

The first London clinic was seed-funded by money raised by the NIDMS partners, including major donations from Harlequin Floors (£30,000) and Jerwood Charitable Foundation (£80,000), as well as hundreds of individual donations from students, dancers and dance enthusiasts. Harlequin’s decision to make a second donation recognises their commitment to long-term improvements in dancers’ healthcare.

The National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) is a partnership project brought together by Dance UK working with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, University of Wolverhampton, University of Birmingham, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and now including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

NIDMS aims through shared expertise and a network of multidisciplinary hub-sites and partners, to provide all dancers access to high quality, evidence-based, dance specific healthcare and dance science services. It has three strands: clinical services; education for dancers and medical specialists; and research.

Harlequin’s support as a major donor to NIDMS has been vital to its creation and development. Widely recognised as leaders in dance floor technology and closely aligned to the specific interests of the dance community, with the dance floor so critical to both the safety and longer-term health of dancers, Harlequin was already supporting research in the field and using this knowledge to inform the design of dancer friendly sprung floors and dance surfaces.

Mark Rasmussen says:

“For 35 years Harlequin Floors has worked with leading dancers all over the world, to develop floors which enable them to express their art whilst doing much to protect them against spinal, ankle or leg injuries associated with dancing on solid unyielding surfaces. Whilst the installation of a proper dance floor is now increasingly recognised as a prerequisite by the dance community, this alone cannot of course guarantee the elimination of dance injuries and that’s where the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science has come in. We remain supportive of their vision for ‘all top level dancers to have access to high quality, comprehensive, dance specific healthcare and dance science support services on a par with those enjoyed by athletes and the dancers in the very largest ballet companies.’ We hope that our further donation will once again provide the impetus to take the whole initiative forward.”

Dance UK and Harlequin are calling for individual donations towards the work of The National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science as part of The Big Give Christmas Challenge this December. Donate via the Big Give website at: from 10am on Thursday 5th, Friday 6th and Saturday 7th December.

Note to editors

Harlequin Floors is the world leader in advanced technology flooring for dance, the performing arts, entertainment and display. Firmly established worldwide, the Harlequin Group has locations in the UK, Europe, USA, Asia, and Australia. Established in England in 1979, Harlequin’s experience and reputation are founded on the manufacture and supply of floors which are preferred by dancers and performers at the world’s leading venue. With a comprehensive range of long-lasting, durable and multi-purpose portable and permanent sprung and vinyl floors, trust and innovation are key and the company continues to reinforce its slogan, “The world dances on Harlequin floors.”

Issued on behalf of British Harlequin plc.

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