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Dr Sarah Needham-Beck

Research Fellow – Occupational Performance Research Group

Sarah is a Research Fellow with the Occupational Performance Research Group at the University of Chichester. Prior to this, she worked within vocational and professional dance as a researcher, guest lecturer, and manager of the Healthier Dancer Programme at One Dance UK.

Sarah graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc (Hons) in Exercise and Sport Sciences in 2009, gained an MSc (dist.) in Dance Science in 2010 and her PhD in Dance Science in 2017 from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Her PhD research focused on the cardiorespiratory demands of contemporary dance training and performance and examined appropriate methods for documenting this.

Sarah currently serves on the Promotion Committee and as advisor to the Student Committee for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).

Professional

Education

2017 – PhD Dance Science, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

2010 – MSc Dance Science, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

2009 – BSc (Hons) Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Exeter

Publications

Journal articles

Beck, S., Wyon, M.A., & Redding, E. (2018). Changes in Energy Demand of Dance Activity and Cardiorespiratory Fitness During One Year of Vocational Contemporary Dance Training. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 32(3), 841-848

Sliiden, T., Beck, S., & MacDonald, I. (2017). An evaluation of the breathing strategies and maximum phonation time in musical theatre performers during controlled performance tasks. Journal of Voice, 31(2): 253,1-11.

Wyon, M.A., Allen, N., Cloak, R., Beck, S., Davies P., & Clarke, F. (2016). Assessment of maximum aerobic capacity and anaerobic threshold of elite ballet dancers. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 31(3): 145-150.

Beck, S., Redding, E., & Wyon, M.A. (2015). Methodological considerations for documenting the energy demand of dance activity: a review. Frontiers in Psychology: Performance Science, 6:568.

 

Peer reviewed presentations (selected)

Needham-Beck, S., Redding, E., & Wyon, M. Determining the cardiorespiratory demand of contemporary dance repertoire. International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 26th Annual Conference, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. 2016.

Needham-Beck, S. Cardiorespiratory demands and training adaptation in contemporary dance performance. Brazil-UK Dance Medicine and Science Network, Gioania, Goias, Brazil. 2016.

Needham-Beck, S. Cardiorespiratory fitness testing in dance populations. Brazil-UK Dance Medicine and Science Network, Gioania, Goias, Brazil. 2016.

Beck, S., Redding, E., & Wyon, M. Investigating changes in energy system utilization during a year of contemporary dance training. International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 24th Annual Meeting, Basel, Switzerland. 2014.

Beck, S., De'Ath, S., Aujla, I., Nordin-Bates, S., & Redding, E. Injury tracking in pre-vocational dancers: findings from the UK Centres for Advanced Training. International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 23rd Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, USA. 2013. Recipient of the Dr. Marjorie J. Moore Student Poster Award, supported by Harlequin Dance Floors

Beck, S., & Redding, E. Investigating measures of intensity in dance: relationships of ratings of perceived exertion and heart rate to oxygen uptake. International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 21st Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA. 2011.

Needham-Beck, S.C., McKee, J., & Harman, G. (2018). Training load and injury occurrence in undergraduate dance students. International Association for Dance Medicine and Science 28th Annual Conference, Helsinki, Finland

Needham-Beck, SC., Blacker, SD., Jackson, S., Greeves, J.P., & Myers, SD. (2018). A preliminary job task analysis of the physical demands of non-ground close combat roles in the British Army. Third International Physical Employment Standards (PES) Conference, Portsmouth, UK

Needham-Beck, S.C., Siddall, A.G., Thompson, J.E.S., Powell, S.D., Edwards, V.C., Blacker, S.D., Jackson, S., Greeves, J.P., & Myers, S.D. (2018). Comparison of training intensity, energy balance, and sleep duration in British Army Officer Cadets between base and field exercise. ACSM Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Research

Sarah has research interests in the following areas:

  • Field measurement of physiological demand
  • Fitness testing
  • Movement economy
  • Physiological response to high intensity, intermittent activity
  • Strength and conditioning interventions for elite performance 

Memberships

  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES)
  • International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • American College of Sports Medicine