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10 Injuries Farmers Face

10 injuries farmers faceIt’s not unusual to hear the words farming and hard work in the same sentence. Today’s farmers provide an invaluable service; keeping our country’s food supply, economy, and cultivation stabilized by laboring long hours in often extreme weather conditions. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, “Every day, about 167 agricultural workers suffer a lost-work-time injury.

Knee Injuries

Knee pain can make dancing impossiblePatellofemoral syndrome (or knee injury) is a general pain found on, behind, or around the patella (kneecap). These include anything from strains, a tear to the tendon, cartilage deficiency, or pretty much any other trauma that can happen to a dancer’s knee. Injuries to the knee are “most often due to mechanical problems” in technique, muscle imbalance, or even the structure of the knee itself.

Shin Pain

Shin Pain can make dancing difficult If a dancer’s training, rehearsal, or performance involve a lot of jumping (i.e. ballet and other cultural dances) and is combined with improper technique and/or overuse, this can easily lead to a strain of the posterior tibial muscle. There's really no way to deter this if jumping is a regular routine in a dancer’s field, however paying attention to technique will do wonders for you.

Snapping Hip Syndrome

Snapping hip Syndrome can take you out of the danceNamed by its’ notorious “snapping rubber band” sound, Snapping Hip Syndrome(SHS) is a serious and common impairment for dancers. That “snapping” sound is actually the IT (Iliotibial) band gliding over the upper part of the leg bone and feels just as unpleasant as it sounds. This injury is a result of regular inflammation of the hip and also weakness along the outside of the hip and lordosis.

Lumbosacral

Lumbosacral, is a lower back injury that belongs in a category by itself. It is often identified as a “common lower back pain.” As the typical cause of “70% of spine dance injuries” (Heinz, 2005), it is one of the leading (however solvable) impairments for dancers. Lumbosacral is a lower back pain, usually due to “poor stabilization” in dance movements.

Lower Back Strain and Muscle Spasms

Back Pain plagues millions of dancersUnfortunately, there are many ways a dancer can experience lower-back strains and muscle spasms in their career: “lifting, arching and improper technique can all overwork and strain the lower-back extensor-erector muscles.” (Wozny, 2010) These issues can be treatable but they can also be very debilitating as well.

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis and Impingement

Rotator Cuff tendonitis can impair your ability to danceThis happens when the rotator cuff and the scapula rub together. The pain is mostly felt when the arms are lifted in an upward position. Some dancers reading this might be asking themselves “when am I not lifting my arms?” This is ultimately a great question. Obviously it is a necessity for dancers to have adequate use of their arms.

Ankle Injuries

Ankle injuries can take you off the dance floorAnkle Injuries are most likely the number one impairment for dancers:“In the ankle region, lateral sprains are the most common traumatic injury across all sports including dance” (Fong et al, 2007). Not only is the pain quite severe, but an impaired ankle means a dancer cannot perform. This can lead to devastating career setbacks, not to mention a lifetime of physical pain and debilitation.

7 Commonly Occuring Dance Injuries

7 commonly occurring dance injuriesDancers hone one of the world’s greatest skills. A blend of creativity and athleticism, dancing involves a high element of technique and performance and requires a high level of discipline.

Food For Thought

Yoga can help prevent injuries from runningMany runners have found that a handful of preventative measures can be taken to keep them on their feet and training at full speed.

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