If you have ever been a dancer, you know that hours of hard work are put into seemingly effortless routines. Like any other sport, dance requires a great deal of practice and stamina. And dance, also like any other sport, results in its fair share of injuries.

You can reduce the likelihood of dance injuries by putting a few simple practices in place: 

1. Consume a Balanced Diet

Including more nutrient-dense foods in your diet will give you the fuel to get through dance practice. On the other hand, eating many processed foods and sugary candies or drinks may keep you from reaching your full potential on the dance floor. 

2. Drink Water

Did you know that humans are mostly made of water?! Drinking water throughout the day and during practice will help prevent dehydration and give you more energy. 

3. Rest

Rest is vital if you want to be at peak performance in almost any aspect of life—but especially dance. If you’re tired in dance class and miss a step, you may injure yourself or someone around you. 

4. Know Your Limits

Dance is physically exerting and can push you to your mental and physical limits. Your job as a dancer is to understand your limitations and know when to give yourself grace. We know you want to nail that middle split, but it’s not worth a torn muscle!

We hope that you can reduce your chances of being injured on the dance floor by following the steps above. However, if you happen to get hurt, we encourage you to listen to your doctor and follow their instructions for a speedy recovery.