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Getting through the week... help


janninepointe

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I feel like I have a crazy schedule this week, we have a show next Thursday + a ton of rehearsals for Nutcracker e.t.c. actually it isn't that different than usual but I have shin splints my ankles and my feet are really sore/ swollen and will not stop aching.

 

Tomorrow I have:

Technique 9:30-11:00

Rehearsal 11:00-12:30

Swimming 1:30-2:30

Neoclassical Rehearsal 3:30-4:45

Waltz of the Flowers 4:45-6:00

Cavaliers: 6:00-6:30

 

Sat.

Technique 10:30-12:00

Tutoring math in my break 1:00-2:00

Snowflakes 3:00-4:30

Entrance and Coda for Act 2 Nut 4:30-6:30

Waltz of the Flowers 6:45-7:45

 

Sun.

Private Lesson 11:00-11:30 (Grand pas classique!!!)

11:30-1:15 Snowflakes

1:30-3:30 Act 1 Party Scene

3:30-5:30 Act 1 Runthrough

5:30-6:30 Neoclassical rehearsal

 

Mon

Technique,rehearsal and runthrough of Thursday's show, working tutoring until 8:00 at night

Tues more of the same

Wed more of the same + Snowflakes rehearsal

Thurs show

Friday, Saturday and Sunday same schedule as the week before

 

I am really worried that I will not get through everything in one piece. Also I'm supposed to be getting my audition video together to send out to companies. I haven't been able to work out a the gym because of my shins/ lower legs. I am really stressed out, sleeping with icepacks on and icing a lot. Does anyone have any great ideas on how to keep going? I don't want to lose the parts I have and I have to be at every rehearsal because we have the show on Thursday. I really want to do all the parts I am doing. I am so lucky actually, but just feeling overwhelmed. Sorry for the rant/ I'm just feeing a little bit burnt and stressed out e.t.c....

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You need to be seen by a doctor. I know you wish for some magic exercise or pill that can allow you to maintain this schedule, but I'm afraid there is no such thing.

 

If what you have is an inflammation of the layer of tissue over the shin bone to which the muscle attaches, or periostitis, then we can reasonably figure that it is an overuse injury. Once the injury heals, then you'll need to find a way to fit in 1 full day off per week period. You'll also need to suss out if there is anything going on biomechanically contributing to problems in the area of your lower leg, like pronating, or if the floors you are dancing on are not fit for dancers.

 

Many other problems can cause pain in the shins though, like tendonitis or stress fractures, so it's best to have a full evaluation done by a doctor to sort through what exactly is happening to you.

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