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Category: Bryant’s Dance Medicine and Science

Rest and Recovery for the Dancer-Athlete

Rest and Recovery for the Dancer-Athlete

photo:  cafepress.com by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal Most high-level athletes know that adequate rest after performance is essential to recovery and regeneration.  However, many still overtrain or feel guilty when they take the day off and dancers are […]

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What, When and How:  First Aid for Dancers

What, When and How: First Aid for Dancers

photo credit:  dancevox.com by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal A day in the life of a dancer can be intense and fast-paced. In the course of just one day, dancers can go from class to rehearsal, to another class […]

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Food for Thought – Fueling the Dancer – Focus on Hydration

Food for Thought – Fueling the Dancer – Focus on Hydration

by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal To perform at their best, dancers need to be well fueled for classes, rehearsals, and performances and need the right balance of carbohydrate, fat, protein, micronutrients, and fluids. {1} Spending the day in […]

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Some points on pointe – What the Experts Have to Say…

Some points on pointe – What the Experts Have to Say…

by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal graphic: infographiclist.com Dancers know their bodies. We understand the pain tolerance required to move beyond normal ranges of motion into areas non-dancers just can’t even fathom going with their bodies. Like athletes (because […]

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Conditioning and Cross-training For Dancers

Conditioning and Cross-training For Dancers

  Photo: jillfit.com by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal Besides helping you nail more athletic choreography, cross-training can help reduce fatigue and injuries while improving the muscular shape of your body. {2} The idea of cross-training may be new to […]

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Fascia, flexibility and fasciitis – some basic information regarding plantar fasciitis

Fascia, flexibility and fasciitis – some basic information regarding plantar fasciitis

Photo: aidmyplantar.com by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal Almost one million Americans are affected by plantar faciitis (PF), which is the most common cause of chronic heel pain. {1} You could think of the plantar fascia as a strap […]

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Is your psoas just so-so? Understanding the Role of the Dancer’s Muscle

Is your psoas just so-so? Understanding the Role of the Dancer’s Muscle

by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal When audiences see movement performed that appears to require very little effort on the part of the dancer, it is often because the dancer was able to generate the movement efficiently.  Understanding how […]

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D is for Dancers – the vitamin, that is!

D is for Dancers – the vitamin, that is!

  *Graphic: precisionnutrition.com by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal When thinking about dancers and the nutrition/injury prevention link, it is interesting consider some of the information available on Vitamin D deficiency and its effects on athletic performance.  For dancers, […]

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TRIALS, TRIADS AND TRIBULATIONS – Raising Awareness

TRIALS, TRIADS AND TRIBULATIONS – Raising Awareness

by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal What if grant money for the arts were contingent on health concerns and physiologic weights? What if dance publications presented youngsters with a variety of legitimate body types in their glossy photos instead […]

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Dancer Wellness Resources in the Philadelphia Area – A discussion, Part II

Dancer Wellness Resources in the Philadelphia Area – A discussion, Part II

by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal Given that performing dance itself elicits only limited stimuli for positive fitness adaptations, it is not surprising that professional dancers often demonstrate values similar to those obtained from healthy sedentary individuals of comparable […]

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