The practitioner must have an understanding
of the occupational and psychological stressors of the dance environment
and knowledge of proper technique in order to effectively diagnose
and treat the host of unique injuries that typically occur.
Many dance forms, especially ballet, demand
an unusual combination of extreme flexibility and motor control
in addition to artistry. The use of “turn-out” at
the hip and dancing on pointe are good examples of required elements
in dance that place unusual stress on the body. As such, its practice
can place the dancer at risk of sustaining various traumatic and
overuse injuries different from those seen in the sports world.
Screening in dance students for the necessary
physical attributes to safely take part in dance is another important
area of concern in dance medicine.
Louise Killens has completed a
series of intensive courses at Harkness
Center for Dance Injuries in New York City entitled the Principles
of Dance Medicine.
For more information,
please contact Killens Reid Physiotherapy
Tel: 613.594.8512 Fax 613.594.0213 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org