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Author:  raydoc [ Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:32 am ]
Post subject:  injuries

Hello all!

I am new here and would like to know what injuries might be specific to demi plie. I understand most would relate to the lower limb.

And in the same vein, do male ballet dancers suffer shoulder problems as a result of lifting their dance partners? Is this common? Could I have any references to read up on the subject?

All help would be highly appreciated.


Author:  Gina Ness [ Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:05 am ]
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Hello, raydoc, and welcome! I believe achilles tendinitis is a fairly common plie and overwork injury for dancers. Another probably less common one (according to the Harkness Dance injury website) is Anterior Impingement Syndrome: plies are painful due to a bony formation created at the front of the ankle where the shin bone meets the ankle as a result of constant contact and stress. I think that the knee can be injured if proper alignment (knee over 2nd and 3rd toe) is not maintained in plie on a regular basis. Shoulder injuries definitely can be a problem for male dancers as a result of lifting or catching their partners. There is a wonderful website describing dance injuries. It is Hope this helps.

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