Dance & Performance Injuries
Performing arts such as Dance, Ballet and Musical Theatre requires tremendous mobility, strength and endurance. Given the labour-intensive hours of performances as well as the countless hours of training and rehearsals each week, there is no doubt that performers are top athletes!
Performing repetitive and intensive movements for hours a day together with limited recovery between rehearsals or shows, increases a performer's injury risk. These injuries can range from an acute injury such as an ankle sprain due to a fall, all the way to chronic overuse injuries, like Trigger Toe. Therefore, it is not uncommon for Performers to experience pain and injuries!
Hip impingement can be caused due to structural issues or other factors like muscle strains, Piriformis Syndrome, Snapping Hip Syndrome, Arthritis and more.
There are 3 main types of structural impingement;
Cam: With a cam impingement the femoral head is not round and cannot rotate smoothly inside the acetabulum. . A bump forms on the edge of the femoral head and this grinds the cartilage inside the acetabulum.
Pincer: This type of impingement occurs because extra bone extends out over the normal rim of the acetabulum (pelvis). The labrum can also become crushed under this extended rim.
Combined: Both the Cam and Pincer impingement is present
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Patellofemoral pain syndrome is an umbrella term used to describe pain arising from the patella (knee cap), the knee joint or the surrounding soft tissue.
Pain is often experienced at the front of the knee and can be aggravated with movements like jumping, plié or stair use.
Many factors can contribute to Patellofemoral Pain, such as; Muscular Imbalances, Spike in training load, Knee Biomechanic Issues and much, much more.
Ankle impingement is the 'pinching' of tissues and structures of the ankle. There are 2 types of impingement; anterior (front of the ankle) and posterior (back of the ankle).
Anterior Ankle Impingement
Anterior impingement can be caused by repeated dorsiflexion (lifting toes up) as well as osteophytes (small pieces of bone) which can limit the space for soft tissues.
The repetitive motion combined with the entrapment of soft tissues can result in chronic inflammation, pain and loss of ankle range of motion.