Dancers, coaches and parents,
Brittany began her journey in Andover as a studio and dance team dancer. She continued her passion for dance and engaged in the field of dance medicine with a double major in athletic training and dance at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Learn more about Brittany’s background with the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders here.
Brittany noted that the three most common dance and cheer injuries she sees are related to the ankle, hip and neck:
1. Cheer, musical theater and several other forms of dance require a heeled boot or shoe. Many dancers are not used to how the foot contacts the floor differently while wearing a heeled shoe. This uncertainty can contribute to the most common dance injury: ankle sprains. When dancers are cleared to dance after their rehabilitation, Brittany’s favorite tape is a combination of Elastikon and/or Kinesio tape. She’ll share taping techniques with you later this month via the MN Dance News social media.
2. Many dancers experience front-of-hip injuries. The most predictable contributors are decreased deep core and gluteal activation coupled with overstretching the front-of-the-hip ligaments. Common dance stretches to avoid would be the froggy or forcing lunge stretches to the point of feeling deep front-of-hip ligament stretching. Instead, try the hero stretch, glute bridges and 90-90 hold.
3. With increasing head/neck choreography, neck injuries and non-contact concussions are on the rise as well. Including gentle neck range of motion in the warm-up, keeping the ears over the shoulders with daily posture, and stopping activity if a concussion is suspected are all keys to neck safety. We’ll share video tips on how to warm up, identify and communicate regarding head and neck injuries later this month.
This article was written by Twin Cities Orthopedics’ Dance Medicine providers for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any medical condition.
More tips related to this article can be found here:
Tip 1: Ankle taping for dance
Tip 2: Exercises for hip stability
Tip 3: Froggy be gone!
Tip 4: Preventing & identifying dance head and neck injuries
Tip 5: How can you train more efficiently instead of over-training and risking injury?
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