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Hip problem


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For some time now, I've been stretching my turnout muscles (the butterfly stretch, etc) and it has improved a bit, although there is still a huge gap. I find it especially worrying that my left leg is far better turned out than my right. While on my left leg is 15 or less cm away from the floor in the butterfly stretch, my right is still over 20! (Although it improved from 29!!) I went to see my doctor today and he said it might be that my hip is deformed :thumbsup: This isn't for sure, though, it's just his suggestion.

 

Is there any other stretch I could do to improve my turnout on the right side? Any tips? Has this happened to anyone else here?

 

Also, if I can't reach full turnout I can never be professional, right? Although my chances are extremely slim anyway, since I was a veeery late starter at 16.. Still, it's just so discouraging to know you can't do anything about it...

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Katherine, almost everyone has some difference from one side of the body to the other. We are actually not symmetrical! Seriously. Having more rotation in one leg than the other is not unusual, nor is better extension on one side, one foot more flexible, etc., etc. Just keep working, and remember, you really have not had very much training yet. Developing one's best rotation takes a long time, and it will be different with everyone, since it is so dependent on structure.

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Thanks for your answer! I was just a bit worried because of what my doctor said..

Also, changes in my flexibility come in strange 'jumps', so for instance I've been doing these stretches for a while, and there was no difference for a long time, but now there was suddenly a 3 cm improvement, almost overnight! I guess that's normal though, right?

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Yes, that is normal, Katherine. :) Everything is a long, slow process in ballet.

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I am working on improving my turnout as well and using butterfly and those kinds of exercise and I've been trying to work my turnout muscles as often as possible but my right hip has been hurting a lot and I'm worried I might be doing something wrong that will hurt my dancing...

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Pain is generally an indication that something is wrong, D.Laszlo, but sometimes it is hard to know if it's just sore muscles from more work than usual, or actually an injury. If it is more than just sore muscles, then it's best to see a physician and find out what is wrong. If your movement is limited when you are dancing, and this has been going on for a while, then it is more than sore muscles.

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I talked to my teacher about it and she corrected what I was doing wrong. The pain's gone now :thumbsup: Thank you for responding to me

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Guest Sanchara

when you are still growing there are certian developmental points for different aspects of training that we in sport call "optimal windows of trainability" since you are posting in the young dancers forum I'm guessing that the jump in your flexibility came because you were consistantly training through one of those windows. Good for you!!

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It sounds to me, from our original poster's answer, that her teacher has found and corrected the problem.

 

Sanchara, please refrain from advice on these forums, and especially from advice based on sports knowledge and not ballet knowledge. I know that you are trying to be helpful, however, we have professionals here for that. Students are here to learn, not to give advice.

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