Dancers are both artists and athletes, performing at the highest levels of human performance; and with that, they bring a unique variety of health and sports medicine related issues that require a strong knowledge & appreciation of their craft. When it comes to evaluation and treatment, dancers are different in many ways. In evaluating injured dancers, one must not only focus on the injury, but an effort must also be made to understand the reason for the injury. This is true for all types of dance. In understanding the types and patterns of injury, we can hopefully prevent many in the future, or lessen the extent of the injury if it should occur.
Our comprehensive Dancer Rehabilitation program includes:
A pre-season biomechanical and movement assessment of a dancer’s health and wellness using both surveys and physical tests. Ideally, screening is performed before any pain or injury. Screening helps dancers with goal-setting, effective and efficient dance training, injury prevention, and tips to sustain life-long dancing. It also helps dance educators identify trends, strengths, weaknesses in their dancers and plan a dance specific conditioning program.
Dance specific rehabilitation:
Using movements that often appear in dance training, this assessment occurs after injury has occurred. The goal is not only rehabilitation of the injury, but also identifying those factors that led to injury and eliminating them from daily practice. Understanding the daily demands of varoius dance practices and performance allows the most appropriate progression of exercises that are dance specific to be applied. This allows the dancer to return to the studio or stage as quickly as possible.
Having a therapist present backstage or in-studio in the event of injury is an ideal way to address the injury as soon as it occurs and shorten the recovery timeline.