Dance Medicine is an emerging setting for Athletic Trainers. Some of the best people to work in Dance Medicine are dancers turned medical professionals. Daria and Carina fit the bill here.
Daria is an AT/PT who specializes in dance medicine. She is currently an assistant director, choreographer, and performer in the professional company Lady Grey’s Lovelies.
She works at Foundations Physical Therapy in northern New Jersey
Carina Nasrallah is a dancer who loves Sports Medicine. She is currently the Athletic Trainer for the Houston Ballet through Houston Methodist.
Things I learned:
Toe grabbing means a lack of balance
Hypermobilty causes difficulty in assessing
Toe- out is a normal position for dancers and some of the rehab should be done like that
They tend to be hamstring dominant and have trouble activating their glutes
In the secondary setting we are often responsible for the healthcare of our Drill / Dance teams as well.
I personally am not a dancer or into watching dance so completely understanding the sport and demands is outside of what is normal for me.
Here is our interview with Ryan Collins, Physical Therapist for Memorial Hermann. Since this recording comes from a live conference, some elements are lost due to lack of visual props and some crowd noise can be heard. The stellar content more than makes up for the difference in sound quality.