WendyMichelle Posted October 17, 2006 Report Share Posted October 17, 2006 As I sit here with a (still) swollen knee that neither wants to flex or straighten and pain any time I put too much pressure on that leg or step the slightest bit funny..........I am left pondering.......... Is my studio churning out the injuries or am I just noticing it more now? About two years ago one of the "top" girls there blew out her ACL, MCL, and menisci landing a jump. Obviously, major reconstructive surgery was needed. She healed, came back to training, ended up with a severe ankle/achilles problem, but somehow has managed to make it into one of the top college ballet programs in the country. Her ankle injury is so bad, though, that it may force her to quit dancing before too long. Just this year, since the end of August, we have had one girl quit because of chronic and persistant knee problems. They wanted her to keep coming to class despite her problems because the doctors couldn't find anything wrong. After the girl made a trip to Duke she quit ballet. We also have another girl who has chronic tendonitis problems in a knee (just getting over a rough stretch but she thinks it is coming back on her). There are also four girls who are dancing injured right now with calf/ankle problems. These things happen in ballet. I am fully aware of that. I guess what has left me shaking my head and wondering is what has happened in my situation. First of all, I am almost 30 years old. I told my AD and AAD two weeks ago when I originally injured my knee. They told me to do everything but grand plies and "big" jumps. My knee felt better after it popped during class so I resumed doing everything. This past Tuesday I landed a "big" jump and re-injured my knee. Re-injured it so badly that it is forcing x-rays, MRI's, etc. I called the AAD Wednesday when I realized how bad it was and was told to come home and rest for the evening. I couldn't make it Thursday either. No class Friday. Saturday at noon the AD called me. I told her was I out for a minimum of two weeks and could be a lot longer depending on test results. She started talking about me picking up on the choreography in Mice and Soldiers and asking which knee it was because there is a jump in there but they can change it to accomodate my knee, and talking about the party scene and how there was just one little dance in there with no jumps. At the time it all sounded great. Afterwards, as the day progressed Saturday, then Sunday, then today........and the condition my knee is still in..........I'm just sitting here thinking, "Do they not understand that something is seriously wrong here?" I am not one to whine about joints hurting. Ever since my left knee surgery nine and half years ago and walking around with a stress fracture in my right ankle for two months two years ago, I am as tough as they come. I remember my left knee like it was yesterday, so for me to literally say out loud, on more than one occasion in the past two days, "Something is really wrong with my knee," means that there is something really wrong with my knee. Even if nothing shows up on any of the tests (which my insurance is requiring before they can give a diagnosis or pursue any other treatment options) my doctor is going to call it a grade 1 sprain and I'll probably get 6-8 weeks of PT for it and no dancing. If something does show up.......we just go from there. I think one thing that has me troubled is all the injuries that I've "suddenly" become aware of. Like the lightbulb has went off. They are expecting these girls to dance at a professional level. What is not provided is the 6 hours a day of professional training. We have hour and a half to two hour classes five days a week. Three of those are technique, two are done on pointe. Conditioning, consisting of pilates and rotations of ab and upper body light weight work are done four times a week. Then rehearsals. It seems like they are pushing too hard and body's are breaking down. I don't know. Perhaps I am just rambling. Any thoughts on this situation? WM Quote Link to comment
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