Sports injuries/ Dance Injuries

As dance is such a demanding sport, both mentally and physically, it is no surprise that dancers suffer injuries. Many of these are preventable and minor changes to technique can make all the difference. Whatever the problem however, it is important that you seek medical advice as it is not wise to dance through an injury as it may prolong the problem.

Sometimes however, no matter how careful you are, injuries do occur. The following is what you can do if an injury is severe whilst waiting for medical advice…


P - Protect the injured area i.e. with a sling, brace or bandage
R - Rest the injury
I - Ice should be applied to the area; use either an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a damp tea towel
C - Compress the injury with bandages or tubigrip to help reduce swelling
E - Elevate the injured part to reduce swelling


For further information see the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists website at