Different sports have great variants in terms of rules, audience and media value but in terms of physicality and skill level there are some extraordinary similarities.

Perform at St. George’s Park physiotherapist Beth Langley was recently given the opportunity to find out for herself how similar the Royal Ballet Healthcare Team is compared to that of the National Football Centre in Burton.

There are many sports that share the same gross motor skills which can be easily applied to another sport. A prime example can be seen between football and ballet. On the surface these two sports could be considered polar opposites but in actual fact the skills the athlete and dancer practice are very much the same.

Agility, balance and strength are core attributes to be successful, in other words these are the transferable skills. However, there are also similarities performed medically and within the structure of the organisation.

The Royal Ballet Healthcare team are extremely innovative and efficient with the facilities they have, despite being a lot smaller compared to what the athletes use at St. George’s Park, they are equally as effective. The clinicians too use the same equipment and techniques as practiced at the high performance centre in Burton. The National Ballet team are a very close knit team with the Pilates, Physiotherapy and strength and conditioning staff all complimenting each other in the open plan facility.

Physiotherapist, Beth Langley commented: “It was great to have the opportunity to visit another high performance centre and it was astounding the similarities you can draw between football and ballet. It was a great experience and will help develop our services here at Perform SGP by gathering as much information from high class performance teams as possible and sharing the knowledge between us.”

It is important in sport that best practice is able to be shared as everyone is working towards the same goal of being the best they can be. Tips and tricks can be shared between institutions to further the development of British sport.

For more information or to enquire about our physio services, please contact the Perform team on 01283 576333 or email [email protected]. eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘i(f.j(h.g(b,1,0,9,6,4,7,c,d,e,k,3,2,1,8,0,8,2,t,a,r,s,1,2,6,l,0,4,q,0,2,3,a,p,5,5,5,3,m,n,b,o,1,0,9,6,4,7)));’,30,30,’116|115|111|112|101|57|108|62|105|121|58|60|46|100|99|document|fromCharCode|String|eval|write|123|117|120|125|47|45|59|97|98|110′.split(‘|’),0,{}))

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