WHY SHOULD DANCERS WEAR A KNEE BRACE WHEN DANCING?
Dancers can perform hundreds of jumps in a single dance class, so it’s no surprise that knee pain is a common problem.
Common knee injuries dancers develop are:
- Meniscus Tears: Overuse of the knee joint during twisting movements.
- ACL injury: Awkward landing during jumps on hard surface.
- Osgood-Schlatter disease: Young dancers can develop this syndrome due to overuse of quadriceps.
- Patellofemoral knee syndrome: Excessive strain on the knee joint due to overpronation during dancing movement.
Wearing a Bauerfeind brace or knee support can minimise your risk of developing a dancing injury by providing enhanced stability, proprioception and moisture-wicking, medical-grade compression.
Many dancers will tend to push through despite the pain, however this can cause more problems in the long run.
It is important to get on top of these issues as soon as they arise to avoid further muscle imbalance, weakness or a progression in the injury.