DWTS: The Dancing Injury Curse
A quick look at the DWTS dancing injury curse.
“You’re going to get hurt doing this whether you like it or not.” Says Dancing With The Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy when talking about he and Brandy being sore and hurt as well as the reality that everyone on the cast has at least some bumps and bruises.
When you hear the name Dancing With The Stars you don’t associate it with injuries. It’s not like they are playing football or hockey. This is dancing – ballroom dancing no less. But it seems like there is not a season that goes by that you don’t hear about at least one contestant getting a fairly major injury and minor injuries happening all the time. I happens so often that both Jimmy Kimmel and Howard Stern (who are both fans of the show) have mentioned the injured dancers on their respective shows.
Season 11 of DWTS has been no exception. Jennifer Grey has had some major health problems that were first discovered by the DWTS doctors. She was actually going to be on a previous season of the show but during the physical it was found out that her neck was in such bad shape from an car accident she suffered in the 1980’s that she needed to have a titanium plate inserted into her neck order to support her spine and protect her from becoming paralyzed just from moving her neck wrong. During that procedure they found a spot on her thyroid that turned out to be cancer. They caught it early and were able to completely remove it before it had a chance to spread. Now fully healed from those problems she is dancing. Her neck still gets sore and most recently she developed a sore foot, but she is holding up pretty well considering the physical demands.
Audrina Patridge got very sick during the second week of the show. As soon as she had recovered from the illness she sprained her ankle.
While Maksim and Brandy appear in good health he says they are both hurt. Brandy has hurt her ankle and quads and he has a sore hip and hurt lower back. In his words, “everybody’s hurt.”
If you are a fan of Dancing With The Stars you know that it isn’t as easy as it seems. When you watch a professional athlete sweating during rehearsals you know he is working hard. Having to learn moves, jumps, steps, lifts and slides every week will wear you down. DWTS is as much an endurance competition as anything else. Rehearsing 8-10 hours a day every day will tire you out and make it easy to take a wrong step or move in the wrong way. One misstep and you could roll your ankle and that injury could cost you the competition.
Dancing is not a contact sport, but by no means is there staff of doctors relaxing with nothing to do.
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