Gym sports

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Once classical ballet requires high skill, physiological demand and intense exercises, the ballet dancers could develop different thoracoabdominal motions. In this work, we analyzed the thoracoabdominal motion of breathing maneuvers at rest situations and during different exercises of classical ballet. 32 retro reflective markers were attached to the trunk of three amateur ballet dancers to obtain the compartmental volumes variation (superior and inferior thorax and abdomen) and the coordination between them. They executed two breathing maneuvers (quiet breathing and vital capacity) and three ballet exercises (adagio, allegro and fouette turn). The results suggest that, in rest situations, ballet dancers can coordinate breathing movements, but during the exercises, they changed their thoracoabdominal motion causing a decrease in the coordination.