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Sports Series – Preventing Injuries In Ballet & Dance
Sports Series – Preventing Injuries In Ballet & Dance
Ballet dancers, amongst other types of dancers, are regarded as elite aesthetic athletes, with a unique set of biomechanical considerations and demands specific to this art form. The high level of demand placed on a dancers feet increases the potential for injury and recurrent injury.
One main thing that makes Ballet so unique, is the extreme external rotation of the hips, more commonly known as “tournout” of the feet. Dancers will train specifically to exercise the anterior musculature of the hip in order to achieve this classic position. The ideal position is for the hips and feet to be laterally (externally) rotated 180 degrees from each other. This is where the heel is facing the opposite heel and toes are facing the opposite direction. The dancer will attempt to create the illusion of the desired foot position by tilting the pelvis forward, laterally rotating the tibia at the knee, or by applying an abductory force to the foot segment.
The rotation of the knee in such a position produces excessive strain of the capsule and medial collateral ligament, which can lead to knee pain. The abductory force created on the foot will lead to subtalar joint and midtarsal joint pronation, as well as collapsing of the medial longitudinal arch. Maintaining this position can cause the ankles to appear rolled in when standing naturally, creating and contributing to a “flat foot”.
Orthotic therapy is a crucial part of day to day life for Ballet dancers. The damage that is being done during the actual sport itself can cause severe problems for the foot. Orthotics and proper supportive and stabilizing shoes should be worn outside of ballet to help counteract the collapse of the foot and can attempt to manage pain and deformity.
All ballet dancers should get a full podiatric exam annually to watch for continued changes and maintenance of their orthotic.
So remember to take care whether you’re on stage at a performance, or just out on the town for a night of moving and grooving.

 

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