Scientists have found the secret behind Michael Jackson’s gravity defying 45 degree forward tilt
- The science behind
Michael Jackson's gravity-defying 45-degree tilt has been explained by a team of neurosurgeons in India.
- Even with special shoes, the dance move requires advanced core strength.
- At the end of the day, the dance move is still physiologically impossible for most.
The research team, which practices at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India found that when humans try to tilt 45-degrees instead of at the waist, their weight shifts from their erector spinae muscles to their Achilles tendon.
(Source: Journal of Neurosurgery - Spine)
So, instead of getting back support, Michael Jackson made his ankles do all the work. According to the study they published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, even with advanced core strength, most people only manage to bend 25 or 30 degrees before falling on their face. Their paper is titled, “How did Michael Jackson challenge our understanding of spine biomechanics,” with the conclusion that the tilt is physiologically impossible without help.
Why it matters
The authors of this study claim that the whole point of investigating the 45-degree tilt was to analyse how
In fact, studies have indicated that the spine is the second most injured body part for dancers. Many of those issues originate from either, muscle imbalance, or shoddy technique. The most common spinal injury in dancers is spondylolysis. Apparently, the repetitive elongation and rotation of the spine reiterates into constant trauma.
Not the only one
The 45-degree tilt isn’t the only dance move that won the world over and was then left to the masses to decipher. The
It turns out, the moonwalk wasn’t invented by Michael Jackson. Marcel Marceau, a renowned French mime artist, was the first person to bring the move on to the stage as a part of his dramatic performances.
Even Bill Bailey, a famous tap dancer, is known to have showcased the moonwalk before MJ. That being said, it’s still not an easy task to accomplish. Just like the 45-degree tilt, Michael Jackson rarely endeavoured towards the ordinary.
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