An Auckland researcher has revealed that the young ballerinas who spend most of their times indoors while training hard to realize their dream of taking centre stage during their performance are taking a toll on their health.
Sarah Mitchell, who is a Massey University researcher, has told that young dancers between 13 and 18 are made to undergo rigorous practise as well as are asked to go through a strict diet. All these things affect a human body in a different way.
It is very important for body to get appropriate amount of sunlight, as it provides strength to bones, and also protects body from getting diagnosed with skin cancer. Sarah said that they will be taking out Sunflower study, which aims to investigate link between vitamin D and its role in ballerinas’ life.
It will be one of a kind study, which aims to known the effect of vitamin D deficiency on ballerina’s life. Sarah said that they will be enrolling 100 young dancers, who will be aged between 13 and 18 years. They will be divided in two groups and one of the groups will be given vitamin D supplement and second group will be given placebo.
Sarah said that it will help them to know that whether vitamin D is helpful for ballerinas’ who spent most of their times indoors while practicing. It has been further revealed that health surveys, strength checkups and dietary evaluations will also be done. All these things will be put together to draw out a conclusion.
“We are aiming to provide some clear information and guidelines on nutrition that will ultimately help dancers with their performance”, said Sarah. They further affirmed that parents of young dancers should make sure that they should step out in the sun, so that they can get appropriate amount of sunlight.
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