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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Technical Tuesday Shin Splints

Technical Tuesday Shin Splints

A few weeks ago I blogged about Anatomical Secret #25j: The tibia (shinbone) is the most commonly fractured long bone in the body. Another common problem dancers are familiar with is called “Shin Splints”. According to the Mayo Clinic website, the medical term for shin splints is “medial tibial stress syndrome”.

Shin splints can actually mean any one of a number of conditions or injuries that are often seen in dancers, including:  stress fractures; Periostitis (inflammation of the outer lining of the bone); and Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome( the muscles around the bone swell, cutting off the oxygen and blood supply).

How can you prevent this cascading series of unfortunate events? Here are few tips:
  • -          Avoid dancing on hard surfaces (like concrete)
  • -         Avoid excessive jumping, especially when landing without a  good plié
  • -         General overuse, or suddenly increasing the intensity or repetition of a combination or choreography
  • -         Basically, be good to your body!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Anatomical Secret #25m:  
“Shin Splints covers several different conditions.

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“Respect your body. Eat well. Dance forever.”
Eliza Gaynor Minden

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