The School at Steps Health & Wellness Program presented The Healthy Body Workshop on January 28, 2012 as the second part of the 2011-2012 academic year’s The Complete Dancer Events. A panel of mental and physical health professionals shared advice and knowledge about the adolescent dancer.
Check out these great tips from our HBW panelists!
Nutrition and Wellness
Teen Cuisine Author and Chef, Matthew Locricchio showed us how to make Quinoa and Black Bean Salad with Fresh Lime Dressing! A healthy and balanced meal rich in complex carbs, protein, and nutrients.
Clinical psychologist, Dr. Linda Hamilton, signed her book, The Dancer’s Way: The New York City Ballet Guide to Mind, Body, and Nutrition, and shared valuable advice like the tip below:
“Rather than obsessing about your flaws or comparing your body to others, focus on your unique strengths, such as being a hard-worker, organized or having a special ability like singing, acting or dancing.”
Alison Deleget, MS, ATC from the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries talked about injury prevention. Visit hjd.med.nyu.edu/harkness/patients/common-dance-injuries to learn about some common injuries that dancers experience, such as:
- Ankle Sprains and Planter Fasciitus
- Herniated Disc and Lower Back Pain
- Knee Pain and Meniscus Tears
- Rotator Cuff Tears and Shoulder Dislocation
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Andrew Price, presented a slide show concentrating on these health topics specific to growing, adolescent dancers: