- Once when I was doing an arabesque on pointe I fell and landed on a side of my left ankle . I did it at home in the basement so I could not walk up stairs , it hurt a lot but I managed to limp to the medical box in a cupboard . It hurts Alot for the next few days , I had to use crutches! It still hurts now but I'm happy to be back
- —Guest @secret
- Last summer my teacher told us to do a cartwheel, so I did one, but it was my first time doing it. I tried to do one but I landed on my right wrist. Now I have to have a brace on when I dance.
- —Guest Tay
- When I was 13 I dislocated my right knee while ice skating and after 2 years and 10 months my good old friend knee decided he'd pop out and say 'hey'. Just as I was landing from a jump...turns out my knee didn't form properly while I was growing. Oh well, a dodge knee can still be danced on (but with a brace).
- —Guest ditsy dyplasic
Just let me say this.....
- I have not had any dance INJURIES so far, but let me say this: Even if it is like a broken ankle (which can potentially ruin your career) you can learn a lot from injuries, like how to prevent it and how to take care of it. You can NOT totally avoid injuries, but you CAN make them happen as little as possible! Good luck to everybody! Hope nobody will get a broken ankle.
- —Guest Anonymous
Calves, Hips, Knees,and Back
- I have been dancing since I was three. Dance is obviously very tiring along with school work. We get hurt a lot. I constantly come into class with people saying "this hurts", "that hurts", "I did something wrong and now it doesn't feel right. My calves are always hurting and it leads up to my thigh. My hips pop out when doing thing like heel stretches, fouetees and high kicks. Last year I went to the doctor because when I walked, I had this very bad pain in my knees. I pulled the biggest muscle in my knee. The worst part was, I had a competion that weekend so I had to dance through the pain like usual. I have a very arched lower back and being trained in ballet we must stand up straight, tuck our bums under and always have good posture. But in other thing like acro (acrobatics), you must be able to do some crazy thing like chinstands and scorpions...and that is easy stuff. It can be very hard to do those if you are going to get hurt badly.
- —Guest Megan
Hip Growth Plate Injury
- This summer was the first summer I was allowed to go to a summer intensive (I'm 15). I went to one in Akron with my friend (we were the only two staying in dorms.) Well, on the third day, I got an excurtiating pain in my hip. My mom took me to the doctor and they found out that my muscles were pulling my growth plate apart in my left hip. I couldn't dance for the rest of the intensive plus two weeks after. I also went through two months of physical therapy. It still hurts every one and a while especially during splits but I know how to stretch it out to prevent it now.
- —Guest Katarina
- I started a competition team 3 years ago and the second year I did it I attempted a firebird and feel out of it. it make a very loud cracking noise and hurt like crazy. for 2 years my hip had been fine it cracked but it didn't hurt at all. But for the past few weeks its been popping and hurting. I very gotten over 6 X-rays 2 MRI s . this is a really serious problem. go to your doctor immediately. I've been going to an orthopedic doctor and a physical therapist and there not letting me dance. I haven't dance for a month and competition is in two weeks!!!! I've learned the dances just I haven't done it full out. Please if your hip hurt go to a doctor. because if you don't you'll be sorry later. Hen your 50 or 60 you most likely will need a hip replacement (which is extremely painful).
- —Guest brittney
- So I dance. I do about 8 dances: tumbling, jazz tech, and 3 solos. One day in tumbling, the teacher said I could do an aerial, he said to not be afraid and put my hands down, so I didn't, but I ended up on my butt. When I stood up, my toe and side of my foot hurt so much. I went to the clinic after dance, and I ended up with a chipped bone. I was out for 9 weeks! That's horrible for a dancer when you still have to learn two solos. So about the 8th week it didn't really hurt, so I went back to the doctor. He said I could dance again. So when I went home, I tried on my point shoes. It hurt like crazy! I started dance a week later but it still hurts, if you put pressure on it from a certain angle. I love to dance so much, and to not dance for 9 weeks broke my heart.
- —Guest Stephanie
- I started dancing when I was 3, started competitive when I was 9, and I am now 12. In the middle of competition season last year, I started to have really bad knee pains, first in my left, and then my right which over time became worse than my left. Last summer I started to go to physio-therapy. They said that the bands on the outer part of my thigh are very tight, and are pulling on my knee caps making them grind(make a loud cracking noise) and move more than they are supposed to. Now they are so bad that it hurts to plie. This is all because I didn't get proper training until I was older, so I didn't land in plie that much, and I didnt turn out from my hips. Literally I would be standing at the barre and my feet would be facing completely away from each other, but my knees were facing the front. Don't let this happen to you! Plie is your best friend!
- —Guest Dancer4444
- I was stretching in my room one day while looking through dance photos on the internet. For awhile now I have had my left split. The girl in the photo was doing an over-split which means when your in a split and go over a 180 degree angle (legs start to go toward your head). Well being the idiot I am, i decided i could do and tried it. I got it the first couple of times. Then I tried it from a higher platform. It went well the first time but the second time I went down hard and faster, pulling the muscle behind my leg. I can still walk and my mom says to take a break.
- —Guest Ann
- It was my senior year and I was in a dance competition team for the first time and was auditioning all over the country for musical theater colleges. I was killing my dance call for PACE until I did a tour and landed on a sickled foot and collapsed to the floor. I never sprained my ankle before and I had to miss 3 competitions waiting for it to heal. It still gives me problems and needless to say, I was rejected from PACE.
- —Guest AspiringReject
Pulled front thigh muscles
- I pulled my front thigh muscles when doing squats. The front of my thighs are now in agony and I can bearly walk up the stairs...can anyone help?
- —Guest Al
Always warm up!
- In Jazz class we were doing splits and I was centimeters off rights so I pushed down a little further. BIG MISTAKE! I heard a funny sound and then a searing pain but managed to dance through the rest of the lesson. The next day I could barely walk on it. It's been a week now and I can only just walk on it. Now I can't leap or kick and can no longer get anywhere near my splits. Our show is coming up soon and if I can't improve I'm going to be moved to the back! So morale of the story...always stretch before class.
- —Guest Meg
This was not supposed to happen
- I popped my knee cap while carelessly doing a split roll and it hurts like crazy. I can't do an arabesque. I've achieved a lot in stretching. I even have a needle scale and a back catch now. I haven't stretched for 7 days in a row now and I'm starting to feel like my flexibility is leaving me slowly. I can't wait until I fully recover so I can start training again.
- —Guest israel
- The day before me and my team performed for a pep rally, I was really well stretched and I can do bow and arrows and scorpions with no problem. The day of the rally, when I did my bow and arrow without stretching properly before, I felt my right hamstring pull two times. It was so painful I couldn't dance or cheer for 6 months. I danced for the next six months but marked it most of the time in class. Finally after a year, it's fully healed. I never stretch without a proper warm up of 15 minutes now!
- —Guest Melissa