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Dance injuries

General Advice

A combination of explosive movement, sudden deceleration and weight bearing rapid change of direction can cause dance injuries. This can occur in most weight bearing or shock absorbing joints. By far the most common acute dance injury is a sprained ankle.

Overuse injuries include: meniscus tears at the knee, plantar fasciitis, hip pain, shin splints, hamstring strains and stress fractures.

Every injury is unique, so to help you self manage your dance injury, we encourage you to first explore our injury advice and articles

To greatly improve your chance in succeeding the self management of your injury, our expert team of Chartered Physiotherapists can help. You can choose a physio, our recommendation being Virginia Whiteley who is a physio with Dance UK and has the specialist skills to provide you with a personalised treatment programme


Articles

  • The Most Common Cause for Shin Splints, Explanations and Treatment Advice

    by Jane Hodgson 7 June 2013

    Shin splints are a general term for pain on the inside of the shin. This article considers the most common cause of shin splints, the muscle the tibialis anterior, the causative factors for shin splints and possible treatments.

  • Big Toe Joint Pain

    by Jane Hodgson 18 January 2013

    Hallux Rigidus, or arthritis of the big toe joint is one of the commonest causes of big toe joint pain. Symptoms include pain and stiffness over the big toe. Treatments vary from choosing suitable footwear, using pain relief to having surgery.

  • Ankle Exercises for Weak or Unstable Ankles

    by Jane Hodgson 29 September 2010

    Ankle exercises  increase strength, stability and reduce pain. Up to 30% of ankles which have been sprained will go on have long term problems, ankle exercises can reduce these problems.

  • Knee Pain Info. Pes Anserinus Bursitis a Common Cause of Medial Knee Pain

    by Jane Hodgson 19 May 2010

    Pes anserine bursitis is a common, but frequently under diagnosed, cause of medial knee pain. Causing pain, and sometimes swelling on the area at the top of the shin bone on the inside of the knee, frequent cutting and pivoting movements such as those used when playing basketball, football and rugby can make an individual more likely to develop pes anserine bursitis.

  • Uses and Benefits of an Exercise Disc Balance Cushion

    by Jane Hodgson 5 May 2010

    An exercise disc balance cushion, which is also sometimes known as a stability disc or wobble cushion, is used to improve balance, strengthen core stability and help children who have special educational needs.

  • Sprained Ankle Treatment

    by Jane Hodgson 5 March 2010

    A sprained ankle is one of the most common leg injuries. Getting the correct sprained ankle treatment will help the injury to heal quicker and prevent reoccurrence.

  • Wobble Board Benefits - Ankle Sprain Rehab

    by Jane Hodgson 9 January 2010

    Wobble board benefits include increasing ankle proprioception and ankle strength. Such post ankle sprain rehab decreases the likleyhood of repeated sprain.

  • Foot Pain : Plantar fasciitis

    by Jane Hodgson 5 October 2009

    Plantar fasciitis is the commonest overuse injury causing foot pain in middle aged to older adults. Affecting the sole of the foot it often causes heel pain, but sometimes pain is also felt on the middle or outside of the foot.

  • Achilles Tendon Pain Syndrome

    by Jane Hodgson 3 July 2009

    Achilles tendon pain is a common overuse injury, precipitated by a number of factors including change in training, inappropriate footwear, and altered foot pain it can be treated effectively with ice, stretches, and eccentric strengthening exercises.

  • Sprained, swollen and turned ankle

    by Jane Hodgson 2 May 2008

    A sprained, swollen or turned ankle is one of the most commonly occurring injuries to the leg. Determining the severity of the sprain is the key to assessing the correct course of treatment.

  • Helping to heal an injury with ice

    by Jane Hodgson 20 April 2008

    It is common to help heal an injury with ice. Deciding whether you should apply ice rather than heat, and for how long can make the difference between helping to heal your injury and making it worse.


Useful links

Editors Choice 

  • Dance UK Dance Uk promotes healthier dance amongst the UK community. The site provides a resource of fact sheets and listings of recognised coreographers and medical practioners - one of whom is Physiobench's Virginia Whiteley
  • International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Promoting research into medical and scientific advances of the treatment of dancers IADMs is a membership organistaion, but provides well evidenced factsheets that are available free.
  • Planet Dance Stocks a comprehensive range of dance wear
  • Dance help Dance help including dance articles, tips, news, and dance forums

Information Sources 

Dance Centres 

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Specialist physios

Virginia Whiteley - Chartered Physiotherapist Virginia Whiteley Virginia is an expert in the rehabilitation of dance injuries, working both with student and professional dancers. She is on the medical practitioners' register with Dance UK the medical register for the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM)


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