Upper Body Injury
In recent decades, upper body injuries in dancers and performers have become more commonplace due to the evolution of new dance styles, such as breaking, more risk-oriented dance movements, such as big jumps or lifts and transfers of bodyweight from feet to hands or vice versa, and the increased popularity of aerial dance and circus tour work.
Due to the wide variety of movement possibilities, the need to move around a dark stage or theater, and make quick costume changes, the potential for upper body injuries is always there during any sort of performance or rehearsal. These injuries can range from overuse injuries similar to those previously discussed to acute, traumatic injuries due to an unexpected/unplanned fall, poor body mechanics related to fatigue, or any other mishap that might occur during rehearsal or a show. While companies and troupes do whatever they can to maintain a safe performance environment, sometimes things happen that are beyond our control.
If you’ve suffered from any sort of traumatic injury or are dealing with chronic pain in your shoulders, elbows, wrists or hands, contact ProMotion to speak with one of our dance medicine specialists about how we can help you heal.