Dr. Dollinger: Dance Clinic Preview

“Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.”
-Ann Richards

This simple, poignant quote from Ann Richards reminds us that dancers are truly high-performance athletes and should be treated as such. In fact, a study from Europe concluded that the injury rate in dancers is 2- to 3-times higher than that in rugby players. Almost 75% of dancers will sustain an injury at some point in their lifetime; they’re a tough crowd!

On November 7 in the IVY II Medical Arts Building in Elmira, I’ll present a clinic for dancers on how to avoid common ankle and foot injuries associated with the sport. It won’t be the first time I’m presenting such a clinic, and I’ve noticed high attendance at past events – so register quickly!

I’m going to address the range of injuries associated with dance, from arthritis and bunions to stress fractures and ruptures of ligaments. I’ll also discuss the safest time for putting a teenager on point (ballet) and I’ll touch on surgical treatments for some of the more common injuries in dancers.

One of the topics that I will talk about, as well, is the idea of keeping and maintaining a healthy weight. Female athletes often struggle with eating disorders, and dancers are no exception. A healthy dancer will maximize her bone mass and reduce the risk of stress fractures and long-term injuries.

If you have any questions before November 7, feel free to ask them right here on our blog or get in touch with me directly by visiting my physician page on the Arnot Health website.

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