am 19. Dezember 2013
Obviously, the author of this book not only understands dance from the medical point of view, but also from the side of the dancers. In clear and understandable terms, this book offers a wealth of information to those who are trying to survive in this athletic, challenging profession and for all concerned with assisting them at maintaining their health.
The construction of this book makes it easy to use. Dr. Simmel, herself a former professional dancer, analyses specific problems first describing the anatomy. She then points out the risks in dance, discusses ways to check one's own technique, then gives tips as to what the reader can do to avoid or to correct these problems. A checklist of dos and don'ts allows the reader to review the pertinent information easily and quickly. Suggested exercises are clarified with many photos. These exercises are based upon an up to date approach, including such methods as the Swiss method called Spiral Dynamik®.
In Germany, the original version of this book has become standard reading for dance teachers, dancers and many therapists of dancers, since it supplies insights for all these professional groups. An excellent addition to the library of dance medicine.