We all know that dancing is a risky business and injuries often happen. But by learning what causes them will help to prevent or significantly reduce the risk of injuries.
The risk factors we included here is not arranged in any specific order. We will cover few of them today.
As we all know that injuries happen due to combination of several different factors than any single one of the cause, this is an important one. Almost all experts, however, agree without a second thought that faulty technique and poor postural structures are the major cause of injuries. But it is not necessarily true. Alignment problems also have a huge impact on the frequency of injuries most of the dancers and athletes face.
Some of the common alignment problem includes;
A dancer with alignment problems and faulty techniques is more susceptible to injury than a dancer with good techniques, but with similar alignment problems.
Each and every dancer has a different and unique body, with different capabilities. Some people are highly flexible and agile. Some may have limited flexibility. Similarly, physical strength also varies from person to person. Brute forcing your body into something that it clearly is incapable of doing will result in injuries, sometimes serious. Knowing your bodyâ€™s limitation is the key here.
Environmental factors also contribute to injuries which are beyond the control of a dancer. Some of the environmental factors include;
Stress is well known to affect the performance and is the next candidate. It affects the nervous system and changes the outcome of the dance performance. It is also a huge distraction and causes you to lose your concentration. It’s important to cope with mental stress as described here. Leave your emotional baggage at your home.
Parents have to be careful while trying to put a child on the stage just for the sake of showing everyone your childâ€™s performance. A lot work has to be put on perfecting the craft necessary to perform in front of a live audience. A dancer should never try to set foot on the stage without much-needed preparation,especially if it is the first time you are performing in front of a crowd. Nervousness and performance anxiety can easily lead to physical injury.
Rapid growth takes place during adolescence due to theÂ simultaneous release of growth hormones, thyroid hormones and androgen. It is important that parents should be fully aware of such changes. Injuries are common to many young dancers. During this period, a child loses his/herâ€™s flexibility,strength, muscular co-ordination, control and skills. Loss of self-esteem and mental stress can lead to an injury in this period if teachers and parents donâ€™t understand the changes.