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Another dance injury clinic opens as NIDMS dream becomes reality

Another dance injury clinic opens as NIDMS dream becomes reality

UK - An initial donation of £30,000 by Harlequin Floors a few years ago helped NIDMS transform the dream of specialist dance injury clinics into reality.

Unlike the ready availability of specialist medical treatment enjoyed by many professional sports people and athletes, few professional dancers had access to the type of specialist care required to avoid long absences from dance due to injury or even ending a career. This is where the funding for the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) came in and where Harlequin’s initial and later donations helped NIDMS get off the ground. Together with funding from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the first clinic opened at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London in 2012, followed later by a second clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Now a third specialist clinic at the Royal United Hospital Bath has joined the growing network.

Group marketing manager, Mark Rasmussen said: "Harlequin Floors are delighted to have played a part in helping NIDMS to realise the dream and welcomes the opening of the new clinic in Bath. Harlequin has worked with top 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 is so valuable. We wholeheartedly support 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". Mark continued, "We, uniquely among our competitors, continue to support research into dance injuries and continue, year on year, as a major supporter of IADMS."

22nd September 2014

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