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I was doing the frog stretch, down nearly to the floor, and it was hurting a bit but I held it for the 1 min - then my dog came into the room and jumped on my back. My inner thigh muscles are strained and slightly torn, and I couldn't do any split or hip stretches for three weeks. It hurt to walk for 3 days!
—Guest Imogen

ouch! my foot!!

I have been dancing since I was 4 years old and these last couple of months, whilst I've been rehearsing for my upcoming show, my foot has really started to ache. I've been warming up properly and walking through my feet and walking properly and stuff. But I don't know what's causing the pain in the arch of my foot but it's quite painful when I walk on my feet. I've tried to massage it but some how it still seems to really hurt. I've not bothered going to the doctors as half the time they are useless and you can't even manage to get an appointment with them. But I haven't a clue what's causing the pain?
—Guest fiva dancer

knee and foot

so this past competition year has been interesting. I started it off by dislocating my knee. then one of my classmates Hannah pulled her hamstrings, then another, Kenzie, sprained her ankle. once Hannah's muscle was feeling better she left a dance room with her tap shoes still on and slipped and sprained HER ankle. oh ya and gabby broke her toe but whatevs. so only one person from our group was dancing for like 2 weeks. then it was my first day back at dancing again full out and so I was working on my aerial. I almost landed it multiple times but it never actually happened. but from doing it so much I kept landing my foot wrong. throughout the day it just got worse to the point where I couldn't walk. turned out I broke the outside of my foot. I didn't get to compete at regionals this year but NATIONALS HERE I COME!!! it really sucked just sitting there watching all my teammates tho I wish I could've competed :(
—Guest dancer125

Doing healstretch

I was doing my roght healstretch and i hear a pop and my butt muscle is in searing pain now. Help!
—Guest Theresa

Hurt knee

Well I'm 13 and about 2 months ago I hurt my right knee and I haven't bend it seens it hurts like crazy and I can't bend it. I was doing bar splits and hit my knee on the bar and fell to the ground cause it hurt soo bad. It really swollen so my my tasked me to get an xray I get the results nothing is wrong. But why can't I bend it? They send me to an orthopedic but they say nothing is wrong and all they can do and send me to physical therapy. She the only who thought about getting and mri soo she ordered one and I have to go tomorrow to get it done. I'm scared to death cause she said there could be torn ligament which can't be seen in a X-ray! All I want to do is get better and go back to dance. It's my passion. Hope I get all go news and can bend my knee again!
—Guest Sara


I didn't stretch properly and went right into a scorpion, I have messed up my hip and currently doing yoga to stretch it. I hope it gets better as I love dancing/cheer.
—Guest AP

Exam Hip

I'm 12 years old and have been dancing for 11 years. I was in a ballet exam a couple weeks ago and at the start of the exam, at the barre, I went into my first exercise (pliés) and as I bent down, I heard my left hip pop! It killed the entire exam but I still did it. I didn't do PE the following Monday but did dance on Wednesday. Halfway through the lesson, I heard it pop again and had to sit out! After that, went to the doctors and issued me for an x ray! After a 3 week christmas break of no PE or dance, yesterday was my first lesson back and I feel as good as new!
—Guest Yazoo

Torn ACL

I was eleven when I tore my left ACL, doing a spin, while someone was beside me. Her leg jabbed into my knee as I was spinning. My knee was bent and I fell down in pain. When I tried to get up, the pain was too bad so I just sat there at cried. PATHETIC...I KNOW
—Guest Dancer2222

Weak ankles

I'm actually really lucky....I've never done anything career ending. About....I want to say for to five years ago, I decided to do a cartwheel in my living room. I'd done it before, and since I'm usually practicing dance in some form in the house I'd become an expert in how to dance with complicated moves in tight spaces. But I miscalculated this time and hit my ankles really hard-- my left on the table, my right on the floor. For three days I was barely able to walk because I twisted them, but even now my ankles are pretty sensitive and I twist or aggravate one about a minimum of twice a month. I have a couple of good quality braces that I use every now and again, but I know by now I'll never actually get to be on pointe....though since I don't actually enjoy ballet anyway (I'm a contemperary/jazz dancer), this doesn't affect me too much. However, some moves that require a ton of ankle strength also require a ton of repetition, more than most people, if I'm to accomplish it.
—Guest Maggie

Sprained wrist

When I was 7 I got my Aerials and I was super excited so I went outside on the concrete to try them after class and landed really hard on my left wrist. I was running into it really hard so my slammed it down pretty bad. All I remember was crying as my older sister (then 11) ran inside to get an adult, my dance teacher told me no to do it, my wrist still hurts when I put pressure on it, 3 years later!!
—Guest Dancer1276

Kneecap dislocation

My worst injury was when I was on stage performing!! My class and I where doing a jazz peace and I was going into a split, I hadn't had a lot if time to stretch before the show and when I went to bend my back leg and look back I felt it pop out I was so scared I had to pop it back into place on stage and then limp off. So always remember to stretch before you try to do anything flexible!!
—Guest Renee

Dislocated knee

I've been dancing from the age of 3 years and now 15. It is my life and have never wanted it as bad as I do now. However 6 weeks ago I dislocated my knee in a dancing lesson. After a painful hour wait for the ambulance with it still dislocated they put it back in place and the relief was huge. I was preparing myself to audition for dance colleges and had an up-coming festival which I could no longer participate in. I was gutted and am still out of dancing now. I start physio tomorrow but I'm terrified it is going to take longer than I expect to heal. It has been a long 6 weeks, and I don't think I can cope with it being any longer. Just got to pray I hear what I want to tomorrow!
—Guest 1998


I have been in dance for 9 years! I recently was doing a turn and my knee stayed in one spot as my body turned and I fell to the ground. My knee cap got bruise and I sprained and dislocated the knee cap.
—Guest Samantha

dont know what to do about it

i was in dance class for 1st period and my real dance teacher was back from having her baby so we had to leap across the floor and i did a real leap like the real dancers but after that day my leg started to hurt so now when i do any warm ups my leg would have a sharp pain to the point where i really cant do anything now. im so worried
—Guest dancer9941

Over all pain

I have been working on my splits, but something's holding me back, I'm so sore one day I can do them but the other day I'm far from it, are my muscles going to be like this forever!
—Guest Jane

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