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Ballet health risks

Ballet health risks

Like every other physical activity, Ballet involves a risk of injury, especially professional Ballet dancers; the well-known motto of "dancing through the pain" ends up eventually catching up with them. This is why it's recommended to only pursuit this kind of approach under the supervision of professional trainers.

Despite professional experience many dancers are prone to trauma caused by inadequate studio floors or improvised old slippers that do not properly absorb the shock of Ballet movements.

On the other hand, the numerous techniques a professional dancer must learn prompt the performer to attempt elaborate steps such en pointe work before they have developed the necessary strength in their muscles. This evolves into later muscle problems; dancers should know that such stunts usually take years of practice.

Most noticeable yet, are the feet problems that can go from simple calluses and corns to severe injuries and fractures on the ankle caused mainly by an improper turnout movement.

Turnout motions are a rotation of the hips that makes the legs and knees face each other outwards in an opposite direction forming as much a straight line as possible. Contrary to popular belief, this movement is not based on the motion of feet but comes straight from the hips to make Ballet movements more fluid. The opposite practice is the cause of terrible injuries to knees and loins.

People who wish to take on this activity must have a clear range of their limitations. For example, those with heart diseases should check with their doctors before enrolling in Ballet. In the same way, dancers should warm-up before any Ballet routing, spending a few minutes stretching and preparing the muscle for the impending activity. In the same manner, after finishing a routine, it is just as important to warm-down as well.

After warm-ups dancers should flow slowly into the pace of the training, starting with measured, undemanding steps that gradually grow into faster tempos, reducing the risks of straining or pulling a muscle.