The Nutcracker is the most iconic holiday ballet performed by ballet schools and professional companies around the world.
Between December 10th and December 30th, the Joffrey Ballet Chicago will perform The Nutcracker 27 times.3 That’s an average of 1.2 shows per day! For optimal performance, it is crucial that dancers are proactive in preventing injuries from occurring and correctly manage injuries when they do occur. Foot and ankle injuries represent 34-62 percent of all injuries reported by dancers.5 Female ballet dancers are especially vulnerable to these injuries because of the increased demand put on the foot and ankle when dancing en pointe.
One of the more frequent questions I am asked when conducting physical therapy evaluations is “Did my injury occur because I did not stretch before my physical activity?” That’s a great question and the quick answer is no…..and yes. Let me explain.
It’s not uncommon for runners, cyclists and triathletes to have calluses, lost toe nails, pain behind the heel, bunions, and other aches and pains. Feet absorb so much force and can either make these activities comfortable or miserable.
Fortunately, there are some things that can be done to help keep active feet pain-free, including exercises. That said, prior to beginning any exercise program, it is recommended to consult with your physician, physical or occupational therapist to determine which exercises are best for you.
September means back to school for most students, but it shouldn’t mean musculoskeletal pain or soreness from a heavy backpack.
Since National Backpack Safety Awareness Day falls in September every year, we are highlighting some backpack safety tips and posture exercises for students. Learn more by checking out the four tips below:
You may have caught the trampoline competitions at this year’s Olympic Games. The world watched in awe as athletes sprung 20 feet into the air and flipped multiple times before going right back up and flipping multiple times again.
Times have changed.
Just a few years ago most parents were worrying about their teens’ posture as a result of carrying heavy backpacks home from school. While this is still a concern, there is a new phenomenon impacting teens’ posture, and it goes by the name of “text neck.”
During the course of a year, it’s estimated that nearly 80 percent of recreational runners will sustain a running-related injury2.
In fact, it’s not uncommon to see some participants at local races and marathons walking around with braces, compression sleeves, tape or special shoes. This is because running is a complex functional human movement that few people are taught to perform correctly.