To understand the dancer´s injuries is necessary to understand more than orthopedics and rehabilitation: You must love, live and know dancing. Along my career as a dancer’s therapist, I learned the techniques and positions of the Classical Ballet, the mechanics of the Hip Hop and the Break dance, the right way to Tap and to do Jazz. Only when you feel it by yourself, you can understand the dancers and their needs.
When the storm is over, it’s time to repair the damage and we can help with that. But more importantly we need to ask: How do we prevent further injuries?
Dancers need education about recovery, but also good technique.
Most dancers, especially the younger and less experienced
would benefit from input about body
maintenance as it relates to nutrition,
strength training and other disciplines that keep
them at their peak.
On the first phase of the recovery process,
the injury is completely healed and the
movement comes back to the specific
affected area or joint.
The second phase works on improvement of posture and balance after compensation related to the injury. In this phase, we stay as long as needed in order to understand what the weaknesses are and how to improve.
To read more about the rehabilitation process, follow this link.
What happens when a dancer gets injured?
It’s impossible to expect from a dancer to stop dancing, as it’s impossible to expect from an athlete to stop competing. A professional dancer needs to keep dancing tonight even if there is an ankle sprain.
The big question is how can we treat the injury without worsening the condition, to allow the orients to enjoy the masterpiece and still, avoid the pain?
This is a whole science that requires a lot of knowledge and experience at the stage from the therapist side.
In case and an injury happened I give right away the best and most secure treatment to allow the dancer to continue dancing in the next show at the time I keep tracking the situation at the side of the dancer, step by step with caution to avoid unnecessary risks.
This the stage and what’s the most important commitment to the dancer’s show is not always possible, but a good therapist should try. The therapist is there for the dancer, not for the injury.