Dance is a sport as well as an art. It’s a form of expression which requires dancers to master the movements of their body. Ballet dancers, well known for their aesthetics, often give the impression of ease while performing. However, ballet is demanding on the body. This type of dance can help develop motor skills such as balance, postural stability, strength, endurance and flexibility. On the other hand, injuries among ballet dancers are frequent especially when they’re growing up. (1)
Did you know that the knee is the most frequently injured joint among ballet dancers?
On the following figure, from Yin and al. 2016(2), you can see the percentage of injuries in each joint among ballet dancers. As you can see, injuries of the lower extremity are more frequent, especially in the knee and ankle joints. Dancers mostly suffer from injuries which slowly increase with repetitions, but traumatic injuries like strains and sprains are also common.(3) Knee injuries are associated with a longer rehabilitation time needed.(3) Seeking treatments for knee injuries as soon as possible is therefore important.
What’s the key to a successful rehabilitation among ballet dancers?
Being treated by a professional who understands the dance lingo and technics is a key factor for a successful rehabilitation. (1) Specific dance movement modifications should be an important part of the therapy. (1) So, if a dancer you know is injured, make sure to seek help from an healthcare provider who is familiar with dancing!
- Sabo M. Physical therapy rehabilitation strategies for dancers: a qualitative study. Journal of dance medicine & science : official publication of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science. 2013;17(1):11-7.
- Yin AX, Sugimoto D, Martin DJ, Stracciolini A. Pediatric Dance Injuries: A Cross-Sectional Epidemiological Study. PM and R. 2016;8(4):348-55.
- Ekegren CL, Quested R, Brodrick A. Injuries in pre-professional ballet dancers: Incidence, characteristics and consequences. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2014;17(3):271-5.