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Comparison of cervical and ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potentials in dancers and non-dancers

Author(s): Sujeet Kumar Sinha | Vaishnavi Bohra | Himanshu Kumar Sanju

Journal: Audiology Research
ISSN 2039-4330

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: e6;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: vestibular evoked myogenic potentials | sacculocollic pathway | otolith-ocular pathway | dancers.

The objective of the study was to assess the sacculocollic and otolith ocular pathway function using cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (cVEMP) and ocular vestibular myogenic potentials (oVEMP) in dancers and non dancers. Total 16 subjects participated in the study. Out of 16 participants, 8 were trained in Indian classical form of dance (dancers) and other 8 participants who were not trained in any dance form (non dancers). cVEMP and oVEMP responses were recorded for all the subjects. Non Parametric Mann-Whitney U test revealed no significant difference between dancers and non dancers for the latency and amplitude parameter for cVEMP and oVEMP, i.e. P13, N23 latency and P13-N23 complex amplitude and N10, P14 latency, N10-P14 complex amplitude respectively. The vestibular system comprises of several structures. It is possible that the dance style practiced by the dancer’s group assessed in this study does not contribute towards improving the plasticity of the sacculocollic and otolith-ocular pathways. It can be concluded that not all forms of dance training brings about a change in the plasticity of the sacculocollic and otolithocular pathways.
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