As more information comes to light about Osteoporosis, it seems that many dancers may be at a higher risk than the average person.
Research is now showing that women lose up to 25% of their bone density in the first decade after menopause. Many sources are now suggesting that women get a baseline bone density report done right after menopause instead of waiting until 60 or 65.
Males generally are not screened until they are 80 unless other risk factors are present.
For both genders (the menstrual and menopause ones are female specific) risk factors that may affect dancers more than the average person are as follows:
Even without insurance, a bone density test will be less expensive to your body and pocketbook than a fracture.
For more in depth information on female dancers and bone density, read the resource paper prepared by the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science available at http://www.iadms.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=212