Dance Magazine, April, 2005 by Linda Hamilton
DOCTORS, PHYSICAL THERAPISTS AND DANCERS SHARE THEIR HEALING TIPS.
WITH OVER 600 MUSCLES, 206 bones and countless nerves, ligaments, and tendons in the body, it's almost impossible for dancers to escape getting injured. Acute injuries, such as a sudden sprain or muscle pull, seem to happen out of the blue. One minute you're dancing, the next minute you've hit the floor. Chronic problems, like tendonitis, develop from repetitive stress over time. The dance community is paying mare attention, with companies like New York City Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre providing cross-training, pre-season screenings, and educational seminars to reduce injuries. In today's fast-paced, competitive world of dance, the new catch phrase is injury prevention. Though there are many types of injuries, some are more common among dancers than others. DANCE MAGAZINE interviewed health care specialists and performers about five of the most prevalent injuries.
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