What is your sport: Competitive Dance

Competitive dance covers a range of different dance styles, including ballroom, ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop- modern, and tap. Competitive dancers may also compete solo or as part of a dance company. In fact, most of the competitive dance industry consists of dance companies or groups. 

In order to win the competition, the dance company must score the most points granted by the judges. This score is based on technique, costumes, music, performance, and difficult level of the performance. Each category is often based on the type of dance and the age of the participants.

Dancing further requires the person to be very fit. It’s a physically demanding sport which involves balance, coordination, stamina, strength, and flexibility. Usually, dancers train year-round to keep in shape for competition time. Competition usually takes place from January to August. 

 

Bowling Injuries

Main Muscles Used in Competitive Dance:

Common Muscle Injuries from Competitive Dance:

The most common competitive dance injuries include:

  • Hip Injuries: These are often overuse injuries and may include hip impingement, labral tears, tendonitis, bursitis, or sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries: Sprains may occur due to falls. Overuse injuries may also include Achilles tendonitis and trigger toe.
  • Knee Injuries: Knee injuries are another common injury in competitive dance. Patellofemoral pain syndrome is particularly common in dancers.  
  • Stress Fractures: Stress fractures may occur due to the strain and weight placed on the same joints time and time again. Stress fractures in dance are common in the metatarsals, tibia, sesamoids, and lumbar spine.
  • Arthritis: After a lengthy dancing career, it’s not uncommon for many dancers to develop arthritis in the hips, knees, ankles, or feet.

How Can You Alleviate Your Competitive Dance Injuries?

When it comes to competitive dance, it’s very important to be conscious of your body and to avoid overuse through overtraining. While training is intense, proper warm-ups and cooldowns may help prevent injury and pain.

If injury does occur, do not continue to dance or train. Rest. If rest does not cause the pain to subside, consider icing and also consider booking an appointment with your family doctor. You may be recommended to a physical therapist and a massage therapist to further your recovery and treatment.

At Athlete’s Choice Massage, our registered massage therapists are experienced in soft tissue and musculoskeletal injuries. Trust our team to get you back in the competition. Book your next appointment online today! 

 

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