Injuries can be demoralizing to many athletes, including dancers. Most dancers use certain parts of their body repeatedly in training and performances. Sometimes, the overuse of the neck, feet, knees, and legs leads to career-ending injuries. This is why it is important that dancers are aware of the common injuries in their sports. Knowledge about these things will help dancers prevent such injuries from occurring.
Here are the three common injuries among dancers:
Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
According to Australia's Foot and Leg Specialists, the posterior tibial tendon is responsible for attaching the muscle to the bones inside the foot. Also, the tendon holds up the medial arch and supports the foot when walking. Some dancers have a habit of dropping the medial arch of their foot during training exercises. To prevent this injury, dancers must always lift their foot arches during movements. Also, experts advise dancers to refrain from forcing their feet in turnout.
Meniscus Knee Tear
Improper landing and twisting knees during motion can tear the knee cartilage. The treatment of this injury may include physical therapy and surgery. It is better if dancers have a strong core so that they won’t have to put too much weight on their knees.
Shoulder Tear and Impingement
Most dancers use their arms extensively on overhead lifts and other movements. The overuse of the arms can lead to tears or impingement on the rotator cuff. Dancers with this injury feel throbbing pain whenever they lift their arms – a motion where the scapula rubs onto the rotator cuff. Experts say that dancers must know the location of their rotator cuff and scapula. In that way, they’ll know how to align their shoulder properly during movements.
It is difficult to deal with injuries. Dancers must undergo a series of therapies, and sometimes surgery, in able to get back to their normal condition. As a result, they miss important training and performances in their career. Or, sometimes the injury is terrible that they can never go back to being a dancer. Thus, in a dancer’s career, understanding injuries is as important as training and dance rehearsals.