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Rehabilitative Exercises for Dancers and Artistic Athletes

Who is a dancer?

A dancer is an artistic athlete who studies physical technique to achieve excellence in their performance. A dancer expresses emotion, shares stories, communicates information, and evokes connection with an audience through physical movement. 

A dancer is a critical thinker who analyses position, space, range and balance in a continuous stream of internal physical correction. A dancer is passionate, smart and capable.

Why is this important?

Dancers get injured. 

Science shows us that all dancers will experience at least one significant injury per 1000 hours of dance. 

The body is the dancer’s tool. This tool requires care. 

Injuries remove dancers from the activity they love, the competitions they aim for, and the careers that pay their bills. Dance is the 8th most popular physical activity in the world and all world cultures have a history with it. 

Dancers make up a significant population who need health sciences to keep them steady on their toes.

Who is Pivot Dancer?

We are Dinah Hampson and Genevieve Renaud, and together we are the founders of Pivot Dancer. We are Registered International Sport Physical Therapists and FCAMPT manual therapists. We are also leaders in the Canadian Physiotherapy arena with resumes including multiple academic speaking engagements, professional awards, and international sport travel. 

We are also dancers. Dancers who grew up in small city centers on the East coast of Canada with huge passion and critical eyes honed from years of dance training. 

Accessing dance specific resources in health care is challenging in large city centers and even more challenging in smaller cities, towns and villages. Feeling alone in any circumstances is difficult, but feeling alone while injured and without resources can be physically and mentally devastating for dancers. 

We created Pivot Dancer to ensure that all dancers everywhere have access to experts regardless of where they live, who they know, or what they can afford.

What’s in the resource package?

The Embodia platform provides an outstanding clinical tool for clinicians to communicate with, educate and deliver care to patients. 

We have selected over 90 of our most frequently used Pivot Dancer exercises for dancers, artistic athletes and hypermobile patients. Many of these exercises are applicable to non-dancers as well but for clinicians working with dancers, science shows that compliance with health care recommendations improves dramatically with the ability of the clinician to communicate in a dancer’s language. 

There are three packages within the dancer’s resource materials: rehabilitation for dancers, pre-pointe assessment/strengthening tools, and rehabilitation for hypermobility. The exercises all include verbal cues and immediate feedback with a demonstration. The embedded education facilitates the integration of the dance resource package easily within your clinical practice.

They are available in both English and French. If you purchase multiple resource packages as a bundle, you will get a discount!

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What’s the secret?

Science shows that the first person a dancer will ask for advice regarding an injury is their dance teacher. They feel that their teacher understands them and they have a trusting relationship. We want to share the exercises with you that will resonate with an artistic athlete. 

We have instructed dancers all over the world who speak different languages – but they all speak dance. 

Dance has a common language worldwide.

The technique sequences in dance are named the same regardless of nationality or pedagogy. Artistic athletes have excellent body awareness and respond quickly with the right verbal and tactile cues. 

The secret we want to share with you is not only the exercises that will fill your clinical toolbox with the right tools, but also the language that will win you trust and compliance with your patients who dance. 

 

Learn more with Pivot Dancer

 

Selene Guerrero Trujillo - photo credit Karolina Kuras

 

About The Instructors

Dinah Hampson BA, BSc.PT, FCAMT, RISPT

CO-FOUNDER Pivot Dancer, Registered Physiotherapist

CDip. Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy, Dip. Sport Physiotherapy, Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT) Certification Jr to Advanced levels.

Dinah Hampson is a registered physiotherapist with 20+ years experience. She holds both a post-graduate Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy and in Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Dinah is a member of the Healthy Dancer Canada Network and of the International Association of Dance Medicine Science. Dinah was classically trained in ballet, danced with the Young Dancer’s Company of the Newfoundland Dance Theatre and Musical Theatre productions. Dinah regularly assesses and treats dancers from professional dance training programs and companies, as well as community/competitive dancers. Dinah is the owner of Pivot Sport Medicine in Toronto, Ontario.

Geneviève Renaud BSc.PT, MClSc.PT, FCAMPT, RISPT

CO-FOUNDER Pivot Dancer, Registered Bilingual Physiotherapist

Dip. Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy, Dip. Sport Physiotherapy Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT) Certification Jr to Advanced levels.

Geneviève, a native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, is a registered physiotherapist with 12+ years of experience in sport rehabilitation. She holds both a post-graduate Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy and in Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Geneviève is a member of the Healthy Dancer Canada Network and of the International Association of Dance Medicine Science. She danced competitively for 20+ years, training in tap, jazz, ballet and contemporary dance and successfully passed the BATD Jazz associate exam with Highly Commended. Geneviève is the creator of the Strong Dancer program and has been asked to teach injury prevention workshops at multiple dance conferences. She currently treats athletes and dancers in a private clinic in Ottawa, Ontario, and is a contractor with CSIO.

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