Dance Tip Tuesday- Preventing Dance Injuries
Dancers are athletes and just like athletes, dancers are very likely to get injuries. Here are some tips and products that can help you avoid injuries.
It is very important that before anytime you dance, you stretch. Wether you are going into a five hour rehearsal, hip-hop class or just marking through a dance. It is vital that you take the time to stretch, even if you are very flexible. You want to perform both static and dynamic stretches, along with light aerobic activity and core exercises. Below are links to previous blogs we have written on some of our favorite stretches.
Strengthen Your Body
Yes dance is great exercise but if you want to become a better dancer, stay strong and healthy you will need to do some extra workouts. Lifting weights probably isn’t the best exercise for a dancer because that can make you stiff and cause more injuries. We suggest yoga and pilates. These exercises will make your stronger while keeping you lean and flexible.
If you are doing a lot of floor work or acrobatics make sure you use something to protect yourself. In acro class tape your wrists to get them extra support. On our website you can find these Bunhead knee pads to help protect your knees during floor work or knee drops.
After a long day of dance or a hard workout, try taking an epsom salt bath. Soaking in a hot epsom salt bath with help sooth and relax your tense muscles.
Drink A LOT of Water
During a long day of dance it is easy for dancers to get dehydrated, this is very dangerous. Dehydration puts you at a higher risk for injury and causes you to become tired faster.
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If you do get an injury make sure you give it time to properly heal. Most injuries dancers get are reoccurring because they don’t give them enough time to heal fully.