• Dance medicine is a growing field which addresses the specific needs of the injured dancer.

    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: killensreid@rogers.com