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Brendan McCarthy

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An article in a recent edition of the Journal of Rheumatology suggests that extremely supple joints may shorten dancers' careers. The research was published in the Journal's January edition and is based on a study of the Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet School. The authors found that a condition called benign joint hypermobility syndrome, or BJHS, was more common among students at the Royal Ballet School than among older, professional dancers in the company. In particular, relatively few of the RB's principals had the condition.


While there is a charge to read the substantive report on the Journal's website, an abstract is available without charge, along with an editorial which discusses the findings.


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Reuters report

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