Suite 4, The Hub Professional Centre
Christie Way
Aberfoyle Park
South Australia 5159

  • Mon: 8:30am – 8:00pm
  • Tue: 8:30am – 8:00pm
  • Wed: 8:30am – 8:00pm
  • Thu: 8:30am – 8:00pm
  • Fri: 8:30am – 7:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am – 1:00pm
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  • M-F: 8:30am – 7:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am – 1:00pm

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Level 3 55 Gawler Place
Adelaide
South Australia 5000

  • Mon: 8:30am - 6:00pm
  • Tue: 8:30am - 6:00pm
  • Wed: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thu: 8:30am - 6:00pm
  • Fri: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sat: Closed
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  • M-T: 8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Fri: 8:30am - 5:00pm

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179 Halifax Street
Adelaide
South Australia 5000

  • Mon: 8:30am - 6:00pm
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  • Wed: 8:30am - 6:00pm
  • Thu: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Sat: 8:30am - 1:00pm
  • Reception Hours
  • M-F: 8:00am - 4:00pm

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Suite 2 131-133 Grange Road
Beverley
South Australia 5009

  • Mon: 8:30am – 8:00pm
  • Tue: 8:30am – 8:00pm
  • Wed: 8:30am – 8:00pm
  • Thu: 8:30am – 8:00pm
  • Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am – 1:00pm

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Suite 10 539 Greenhill Rd
Hazelwood Park
South Australia 5066

  • Mon: 7:30am – 8:00pm
  • Tue: 8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Wed: 7:30am - 8:00pm
  • Thu: 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Fri: 7:30am – 7:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am – 1:00pm
  • Reception Hours
  • M-T: 8:30am – 7:30pm
  • Fri: 8:30am – 6:00pm
  • Sat: 8:30am – 12:30pm

506 Lower North East Road
Campbelltown
South Australia 5074

  • Mon: 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Tue: 8:30am - 8:00pm
  • Wed: 11:00am - 8:00pm
  • Thu: 8:00am - 8:30pm
  • Fri: 9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Reception Hours
  • M: 8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Tue: 9:00am - 5:30pm
  • Wed: 9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Thu: 9:00am - 5:30pm
  • Fri: 9:30am - 6:30pm
  • Sat: 8:30am - 12:30pm

50 Beach Road
Christies Beach
South Australia 5165

  • Mon: 8:30am – 8:00pm
  • Tue: 8:30am – 8:00pm
  • Wed: 8:30am – 8:00pm
  • Thu: 8:30am – 8:00pm
  • Fri: 8:30am – 7:00pm
  • Sat: 8:30am – 1:00pm
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  • M-F: 8:30am – 7:00pm
  • Sat: 8:30am – 12:30pm

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153 Sturt Road
Dover Gardens
South Australia 5048

  • Mon: 8:30am - 8:00pm
  • Tue: 8:30am - 8:00pm
  • Wed: 8:30am - 8:00pm
  • Thu: 8:30am - 8:00pm
  • Fri: 8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 12:30pm
  • Reception Hours
  • MTT: 8:00am - 7:30pm
  • Wed: 8:30am - 7:30pm
  • Fri: 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 12:30pm

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166 Daws Rd
Melrose Park
South Australia 5039

  • Mon: 9:00am – 8:30pm
  • Tue: 8:00am – 7:30pm
  • Wed: 8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Thu: 9:00am – 8:00pm
  • Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am – 1:00pm
  • Reception Hours
  • Mon: 8:30am – 8:00pm
  • TWT 8:30am – 7:00pm
  • Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat: 8:30am – 1:00pm

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188 Main South Road
Morphett Vale
South Australia 5162

  • Mon: 7:30am – 8:00pm
  • Tue: 8:30am – 8:00pm
  • Wed: 8:30am – 8:00pm
  • Thu: 8:30am – 8:00pm
  • Fri: 8:30am – 7:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am – 1:00pm
  • Reception Hours
  • Mon: 8:15am – 7:40pm
  • TWT: 8:30am – 7:40pm
  • Fri: 8:30am – 6:45pm
  • Sat: 8:30am – 12:45pm

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8 Stradbroke Road
Newton
South Australia 5076

  • Tue: 1:30pm - 5:30pm
  • Fri: 9:00am - 2:00pm

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  • The Parkside practice is currently closed due to Covid-19. Please contact us at the City East practice on (08) 8223 6372

Services Offered:

  • Hands-on treatment
  • Manipulation
  • Mobilisation
  • Massage Therapy
  • Home Exercise programs
  • Dry Needling
  • Home Visits

Suite 3 267 Marion Road
Marleston
South Australia 5033

  • Mon: 8:30am - 8:00pm
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  • Wed: 8:30am - 8:00pm
  • Thu: 8:30am - 8:00pm
  • Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 1:00pm

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Ballet and Injuries

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Dance, like any other sport, requires a lot of practice. Ballet being such an aesthetic form of dance, challenges the dancers strength and flexibility at all times. In order to obtain the perfect form, a ballet dancer puts the body through an exceptional amount of stress (physical and physiological). This repetitive work, started from a fairly young age, makes ballet dancers prone to overuse injuries.

Perfect form requires desirable range in the joints and muscles

Perfect form in ballet requires the dancer to have a desirable range in the joints and muscles; and the compensation from the lack of flexibility can put undue stress on joints/muscles and lead to injuries.

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Perfectly Aligned Demi Pointe

For the perfectly aligned demi-pointe, a dancer needs to have:
-180 degree of ankle plantar flexion
-90 degree of great toe extension
-Strong hip external rotators

‘Plie’ is another essential movement in ballet. The dancer must have appropriate ankle dorsi-flexion range for plie and jumping/landing. Lack in the range leads to compensation from other joints which can be observed as rolling in of the feet, knees crossing the feet and anterior pelvic tilt.

TurnOut

Turnout is also considered a vital component in ballet; it gives a nicer line to the legs. Turnout requires external rotation of the lower limb (hip, knee, tibia, ankle, foot). 60% of this external rotation is caused by the hip and the rest 40% by the other joints. Research shows that reduced functional turnout and turnout compensation is associated with non-traumatic injuries. This limitation can be caused by bone shape, tightness in the hip joint capsule or ligaments and/or weakness/tightness in hip external rotators or tightness in hip internal rotators. A realistic angle for most dancers is considered to be 140 degrees.

Other factors can lead to an injury to a ballet dancer. Lumbar injuries are quite common in ballet and again, weakness in lower limb muscles or limitation in the joints can exaggerate lumbar extension leading to increased stress.

Hyper mobility in any area can lead to micro strains which can build up over time.

 

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Injury Locations In Male Ballet Dancers
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Injury Locations In Female Ballet Dancers

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This blog was written by Nandini from City East Physio practice.

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