Injury

Being injured can be a frustrating experience—it feels like losing control of your body. But there's an app that can put you back in the driver's seat by showing you the inner workings of your anatomy, from the largest muscle to the smallest nerve.

When you get sidelined by an injury, you try physical therapy, Pilates, swimming—anything that might get you back onstage ASAP. But when you return, something always seems a little different. Maybe that right knee doesn't feel as secure when you're jumping, or your left hip grips a little more during développé. It's hard not to wonder: Was there something else you should have been doing while you were out?

I’ve always told myself that when my ankle swells, that's just my body attempting to heal itself. I'm not completely wrong: Inflammation—and the swelling, heat, pain and redness that comes with it—is our body’s first response to injury. However, sometimes this attempt to destroy the damaged tissue goes a little too far and our body starts attacking healthy tissue, too. That's where anti-inflammatory medications come in, preventing the negative consequences of inflammation. The only problem?

Injuries can be devastating to a dancer. How do you survive when you can't perform or even take class?

 

The Dancers' Resource, part of The Actor's Fund in New York City, is offering a support group for injured dancers. The eight week program, led by The Dancers' Resource social worker, offers a space for professionals to confidentially discuss the emotional issues that accompany an injury. 

 

Dates: Tuesdays, January 11 to March 1

Times: 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Location: The Actors Fund, 729 Seventh Avenue, 11th Floor