Dance Injuries - Understand it, manage it, prevent it

Dance injuries are common because dance is intense. It has inherent risks due to the physical demands of dance, and there can be a multitude of factors that contribute to an injury.

Dancer's need a solid understanding of what constitutes a dance injury, how it happens and how to prevent them from happening again.

There are three main types of dance injuries: traumatic, overuse and performance injuries. Most dance injuries fall under the umbrella of overuse or repetitive stress injuries, meaning that the same part of the body is injured over and over again.

Traumatic dance injuries are caused by a single event, such as a fall or a blow to the body.

Performance injuries refers to injuries that occur near or during a performance. While this could be caused by a fall, in dance it is often the result of the dancer pushing too hard and not recognizing their own limits during a performance.


Injuries can occur in any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Sometimes injuries have visible symptoms, such as swelling, bruising or discoloration. Other times, injuries are evident only because the dancer has stopped dancing completely for periods of time due to the pain.

However, some injuries are not so obvious. Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out exactly what is causing the problem, and the person may not notice a nagging pain until it is too late.

In dance, injuries occur for many reasons, but there are some things that dancers can do to reduce their risk of injury.

First, it is important to be aware of body alignment and understand that everything counts, from the feet to the head. Proper alignment will allow proper technique and form.

Dancers need to be sure that they warm up and cool down properly. They also need to be sure they are getting enough water, nutrients and sleep so that their bodies are able to do what is expected of them.

Dancers can avoid injuries by choosing dance styles that are appropriate for their strengths and abilities, not the easiest styles to do.

Finally, dancers need to recognize their limits and not push themselves too far.


Dance injuries can be very serious, even career ending. By taking steps to prevent injuries, dancers can keep their bodies healthy for a long time.

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