Pain and Perfection in Ballet Dancers, Part I

mary-helen-bowersProfessional ballet dancers train their bodies for high performance aerobic endurance, muscular strength, and good joint stability. But, they risk significant musculoskeletal injury from the demands of training and performance.

Mary Helen Bowers, acclaimed ballerina who trained Natalie Portman for her Academy Award winning role in Black Swan shares how she overcame her own injuries to create an innovative fitness program called, Ballet BeautifulDr. Peter Lavine, orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports & performing arts medicine, and President-Elect of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science provides expert guidance on preventing and treating both pain and injury in ballet dancers.


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  1. The phenomenon of dancer injury relates to the greater than average incidence of Hypermobility Syndrome amongst dancers. Increased laxity of connective tissues, especially ligaments, gives them greater facility with joint range if motion, but potentiates them for increased subluxation, dislocation, and repetitive joint injury. Stronger than average muscle tone, absent bulk, is the most effective compensation and protection against injury. Slip and falls onto the buttocks can be devastating if sacroiliac joint ligaments are injured.

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