THE BEST CHOICE
Antheo is a leading company in the production of sprung dance floors. The company has 30 years of experience and manufactures products exclusively in the dance sector.We work closely with experts in the field, such as dancers, artistic directors and orthopaedics to manufacture safe and technologically advanced products.
We elaborated and created the sprung support with variable structure, that is, blocks of elastomer with variable density and made of patented compound, which give the right elastic reaction with each applied load and in any part of the floor.
Among our creations, we also boast the patented “comb-joint” system which obtains the maximum mechanical resistance on the whole surface. We have so achieved high levels of safety that place our product at the top of the market for this sector. Our paints and coating systems have a friction factor which is ideal for dance art form and comply with the strict European Regulations, creating a perfect floor for the dancers’ feet .
All our products are tested and comply with EN 14904 European Regulation together with requirements from Rome Dance Academy
- Our production also includes: High performance dance vinyl floors for any type of dance;
- Wall mounted barres (made of stainless steel with warranty label);
- Portable barres;
- Wall mounted safe mirrors;
- Portable safe mirrors.
ANTHEO , THE MOST FAMOUS ITALIAN BRAND IN THE WORLD IN THE FIELD OF DANCE.
THE OPINION OF AN EXPERT IN THE FIELD OF ORTHOPAEDICS.
The opinion of the orthopaedics: Omar De Bartolomeo (orthopaedist of the Scala in Milan).
- “Which characteristics should the floor have to reduce the risk of trauma?”
«Whatever the choice of the floor is, you must absolutely consider elasticity. This is the most important element, because the energy that the dancer transmits to the floor and that the floor can not dissipate, goes back to the dancer, and that might cause, in the long run, muscular and sometimes bone injuries due to overwork/overuse. It concerns in fact vibrations that the joints and tendons must dissipate, and also muscular and sometimes bone injuries. Today many companies produce materials studied “ad hoc” for dance schools. They usually choose wood flooring (birch but also other types of wood), in order to ensure absorption of shocks for 60-70%.
The floors are manufactured in pieces and are assembled on site, they are not usually fixed either to the wall or to the floor but installed by “interlocking” in order to guarantee the maximum absorption .
- “What are the most common dancer injuries in case of low shock absorbing floors?”
«As concerns tendons the most affected parts are usually the ones of foot, ankle (Achilles tendon, posterior tibial and peroneal bone) and leg (patella and quadricepts tendinitis).In fact the technical gesture most interesting is the landing from the jump. As far as the muscular lesions are concerned, the suffering area regards the quadricepts the surals, the muscles of the trunk. These injuries usually recover with proper rest , stretching practices and physiotherapy care, but note that also a proper muscular preparation can reduce the risk of incurring these injuries. It is important to avoid technical errors, for example in the preparatory phase of jump or landing, and to pay attention to the movement of the foot, and choice of shoes (ballet or contemporary shoe), to the alignment of the knee and/or the pelvis. Also good prevention with athletic preparation, isometric and eccentric exercises will help to improve distensibility of muscles».
- “And also bone injuries are involved?”
«Yes, especially periostitis and stress fractures. These are usually caused by the combination of several factors: low body weight, type and frequency of training, periodicity of menstrual flows, skeletal conformation, etc. Also in this case, the floor is an important factor as it would focus the reactions of the floor in some isolated parts of the body, causing mechanical overload and therefore the injuries. Again in this case, good prevention and athletic preparation help to prevent and of course to cure».
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