Blog Posts About Injury Prevention for Dancers

Re-Framing Injury Prevention for Dancers

“I can’t believe I’ve never even thought about this before… But it makes so much sense!” The response of one dance-parent in a conversation we had following my “injury prevention” seminar at the Canadian Dance Expo this week. Yes, I had the honour of speaking on...

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Dance Like a Human (part 3): Movement Variability

Read part 1 here. Read part 2 here. And welcome to part 3. In my mission to be more concise, let us get right to the point. Today we’ll be talking about movement variability. Movement variability means having options. But not too many options—>  ...

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A Reassuring Pain

My friend gave me a flower one morning. I kept it on my bicycle, and by the time I’d arrived at my destination, through 20 minutes of  heavy Chiang Mai traffic, it was, as expected, more withered, but still beautiful. In Buddhism, flowers are placed on the...

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Just the Right Dose of Harm

Dance science research is always looking for ways to help dancers become injured less. “Why do dancers get injured?” Science can help, but science doesn’t dance. We can try to make predictions, but predictions are often imprecise. Predictions don’t prevent, they...

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How to Reverse Engineer a Jump Landing for Happier Joints

The ankle and foot are among the most common site of injuries in dancers, and is it any surprise? The desired aesthetic for dancers to point their feet, pull up their arches, and push their knees out as far as possible can create the avoidance of some important joint...

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Let’s Change How We Speak to Dancers About Injury Prevention

I’ll start by stating the obvious: Dancers get injured. A lot. Studies show us that the injury rate in dance is similar to that of collision sports and, while each study presents a different statistic, the injury rate is often somewhere between 60-100%. Not to...

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Test Your Dance Training and Fitness IQ [20 questions]

A few weeks ago I was in Pittsburgh for the 2015 International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Annual Meeting. This was my first IADMS conference, although I’ve been wanting to go since 2012 when I initially heard of the organization. It. Was....

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5 Characteristics of a Great Rehabilitation Specialist

There is a rather large list topics that I wish dancers were formally taught in the studio as supplementary workshops. And FYI, if you’re a dance student at York University in Toronto, I will be coming at you with a free workshop series (starting in November),...

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Pronation Isn’t Bad

Very quick post today, and it’s about ankles and feet. First, check out these two videos. In particular, check out her front (left) foot/ankle as she performs a split squat. What do you see in the before vs. after? Well? I hope you saw what I saw: A big change...

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Listening to Pain for a Longer Dance Career

I’m working with a dancer this summer who reminds me a lot of me. When we first started to work together she didn’t know what pain was. Silly, right? This lovely young lady is dealing with some pretty chronic hip, knee, shoulder and neck pain upon many...

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Muscles You’re Using Wrong: Neck Edition

Welcome to another exciting edition of “muscles you’re using wrong”. I got some really great feedback on my first entry in this series, Calf Edition, so I’m back for round two: THE NECK. The photo of the deep front line below, from Anatomy...

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Looking Objectively at Movement Quality in Dance

Those of us who are well-versed in dance culture, and even many who have never danced, would probably agree that for dancers, movement quality trumps movement quantity. Unless you’re a competition dancer and then it’s all about how many turns and flips you...

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Grab My Leg Baby, Please

Grab My Leg Baby Please. I fondly recall this mnemonic with which I first was taught the names and attachments (distal to proximal) of the much underrated adductor group.  Ah, the adductors. More recently at NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) seminar, we were taught a...

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Muscles You’re Using Wrong: Calf Edition

I’ve decided to start a new article series: Muscles You’re Using Wrong. And this one’s dedicated to your PLANTAR FLEXORS. Your posterior calf.  Plantar flexing= Pointing your foot. Muscles that can plantar flex include: Gastrocnemius Soleus Tibialis...

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Starting Dance Students on a Strength Training Routine

If I had a goal when I started writing this blog, it would have been to raise the awareness of the need for dancers to be stronger and move better fundamentally in order for them to prevent injuries and excel artistically. But I wasn’t thinking that far...

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Summer Cross-Training Strategies for Dancers

I’ll even addend to the official title: Summer Cross Training Strategies for Dancers (Who Don’t Want to Screw Their Sh!t Up) I feel passionately that the summer is one of the most important training periods dancers fail to take advantage of. Should you...

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Achieving the Splits Safely

Just a quick (I hope) post today. It’s been a while since the last one, and let’s just say that it’s because I’ve been busy. Doing stuff. And I’m still catching up on work, so today is a cop out blog post where I answer a reader question...

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Role Models for a New Generation of Dancers

In case you weren’t aware, the dance world is far from perfect. The injury rate is the higher than many contact sports, nutritional guidance is generally non-existent, dancers are encouraged not to cross-train (God forbid a ballerina should pick up a dumbbell),...

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Dance vs Tae Kwon Do- Which Has More Injuries?

Well? What do you think? Do dancers, the fine artists, have a higher injury rate than the more aggressive martial artists practicing Tae Kwon Do?                 If you guessed that yes, ballet dancers have the higher injury...

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