Are your shoulders hurting from doing Twisty Grip Handspring?
Are your wings so strong and tight you can't fly freely anymore?
Common Injuries in Pole Dance and Circus Aerials:
1. Shoulders – Rotator cuff injuries / impingement, nerve irritation.
2. Wrists and forearms – Painful wrists particularly when bracing or under load (handstand), forearm pump.
3. Hips – Pinchy hips, pain with splits / straddles / hip locks.
4. Back – Strains from backbend and twisting.
5. Ribs – Invert ribs, twisting strains.
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Why is it that Pole Dancers and Aerialists always seem to be injured?
(Proceed with caution! Cold hard truth ahead.)
1. Poor Load Management
– You’re doing too much too soon.
– You’re training for comp / student show case and are drilling your routine over and over.
– You’ve a demanding teaching / touring / performing schedule and “have to” keep poling despite your limb almost falling off.
2. Under Prepared
– You’re doing tricks you’re not ready for.
– You have underlying inefficient movement patterns and are using compensative movement to achieve your tricks.
(To be fair you are unlikely to be aware of this.)
– Inadequate or inappropriate warm up
3. Inadequate Rest
– Insufficient or lack of cool down
– Insufficient or lack of self-care (stretching and foam rolling)
– Insufficient or lack of rest days
The more of these you have, the less likely your monkey will get off your back.
When should I get Physio?
1. Now! Why wait when you have tricks to master or comps to train for?
2. When you can commit to dedicating 30 minutes a day for at least 6 weeks to help yourself get balanced out.