Ballet, as well as other dance styles, is meant to look flawless and effortless, as if the dancer is floating across the floor. However, ballet takes a ton of strength, flexibility, and stamina to create such flawless movements. Because ballet and dance, in general, can be so demanding and taxing on the body, it is not uncommon for injuries to occur.

At K2 Dance Studios in Corona, we offer a variety of ballet classes for kids of all ages and levels. We want to help protect your kiddos from injuries, so in this blog, we are going to discuss some of the most common ballet injuries and how they can be prevented. Read on to learn more and be sure to enroll your child in our ballet classes today!

Ankle Sprains

This is one of the most common dance injuries that your kiddo will likely experience if they continue with dance for years. An ankle sprain is caused by a movement that forces the ankle outside of the normal range of motion, which will result in an overstretched or torn ligament in the ankle.

While you may not be able to completely avoid this injury with your child, you can work to prevent an ankle sprain by having your kiddo do four-way ankle exercises to strengthen their ankles. Hip strengthening can also help.

Trigger Toe

Trigger toe is an injury that occurs because of overuse. It causes inflammation and damage to muscles that are active while pointing the big toe. While your child can’t just stop using their toes in ballet to avoid this injury, by using good form and not crunching their toes, that can work to prevent trigger toe from occurring.

Ankle Impingement

This dance injury occurs when the tissue in the front or the back of the ankle gets pinched. To prevent this injury, make sure your child stretches their Achilles and stretches their pointe, without forcing it, can help to protect the ankles from ankle impingement.

Snapping Hip

Snapping hip syndrome starts as an annoying sound in the front of the hip, but can become painful over time if the IT band is too tight or weak. To prevent snapping hip in your children, have them use a foam roller on their hip flexors, quadriceps, IT band, and glutes. Strengthening the glutes can also help to prevent snapping hip.

Hip Impingement

Hip impingement can be caused by a variety of factors, including arthritis, labral tear, stress fracture, muscle strain, and others. This is very common in dancers because there is often an imbalance between the amount of external rotation and internal rotation of their hips. A foam roller can help to prevent this injury as well! Have your child use a foam roller on their hip flexor, quadriceps, IT band, and glutes.

These are a few of the many injuries that are common among dancers. While dance isn’t a dangerous art, it can lead to injuries. But by following the tips above, ensuring your child stays hydrated, stretched, warms up properly, and wears the right shoes and attire, you can help them avoid injury as much as possible.

Ballet and other dance classes are great activities for kids and can provide them with numerous benefits! Sign your child up for ballet classes at K2 Dance Studios in Corona!