Injury Prevention for Dancers

Over the years, we have been lucky enough to work with multiple sports teams & organizations in the area. Most recently, Megan Dickerson, PT, DPT  had the opportunity to work with Abella’s School of Dance and provide information regarding common dance-related injuries, as well as preventative and corrective exercises to combat common musculoskeletal deficits often seen in dancers. Dance is a sport that varies greatly from dancer to dancer regarding intensity of training, and thus is often misunderstood by many healthcare professionals.

Research has shown that young competitive dancers, ages 5-17, are especially susceptible to injuries due to the imbalances in strength, flexibility and endurance of their musculoskeletal system.1    One common strength deficit found in dancers is muscle weakness in external rotators which are the muscles that help dancers turn their feet outwards. Weakness of these hip muscles has been shown to be a predictive indicator for development of low back injuries.2

During the injury prevention clinic at Abella’s School of dance, Megan instructed dancers on foam rolling techniques, specific stretches and strength exercises to target these imbalances. All the dancers asked fantastic questions about & we are so happy to get to work with such talented athletes!

If you are interested in learning more about the injury prevention & physical therapy services VASPT offers for dancers & gymnasts contact Megan Dickerson at!



1.Steinberg N, Siev-Ner I, Peleg S, et al. Injuries in female dancers aged 8 to 16 years. J Athl Train. 2013;48(1):118-123. doi:10.4085/1062-6050-48.1.06

2. Gildea JE, Hides JA, Hodges PW. Size and Symmetry of Trunk Muscles in Ballet Dancers With and Without Low Back Pain. J Orthop Sport Phys Ther. 2013;43(8):525-533. doi:10.2519/jospt.2013.4523