If You're Prone to Stress Fractures, You May Be Deficient in This Essential Vitamin
Why do I keep getting stress fractures? I menstruate normally, dance on a sprung floor and take calcium supplements to strengthen my bones. I also follow my orthopedist's instructions and did rehab after previous stress fractures. What's wrong with my body?
—Rose, Yonkers, NY
Kudos to you for being aware of the main factors that cause stress fractures. Additional risk factors include being Caucasian, female or underweight; having low bone density; or abusing alcohol, nicotine or steroids. A full medical checkup can help you identify problems related to your weight or bone density.
According to New York City–based dance medicine specialist Dr. Jessica Gallina, there is another factor that is easily overlooked: vitamin D deficiency. She strongly believes that all dancers should be checked for a deficiency, given the associated risk of stress fractures and poor healing after a fracture. A vitamin D deficiency causes you to absorb only about 10 to 15 percent of dietary calcium and 50 to 60 percent of dietary phosphorous needed for bone mineralization and structure. Dancers who spend most of their time in the studio may have low amounts of the "sunshine vitamin." A blood test can pinpoint this problem, and your doctor can discuss how to increase and maintain a safe level.
Cloud cover and air pollution can make it harder for your skin to produce vitamin D from the sunlight, so dermatologists recommend getting this essential vitamin from food or supplements. Foods high in D include salmon, canned tuna, eggs and fortified products. If you're shopping for a supplement, look for D3 and take it with fatty food to aid absorption.
Send your questions to Dr. Linda Hamilton at email@example.com.
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Here's a look at the musicals hitting Broadway in the coming months. We're biding our time until opening night!
If you think becoming a trainee or apprentice is the only path to gaining experience in a dance company environment, think again.
The University of Arizona, located in the heart of Tucson, acclimates dancers to the pace and rigor of company life while offering all the academic opportunities of a globally-ranked university. If you're looking to get a head-start on your professional dance career—or to just have a college experience that balances company-level training and repertory with rigorous academics—the University of Arizona's undergraduate and graduate programs have myriad opportunites to offer:
Yes, we realize it's only August. But we can't help but to already be musing about all the incredible dance happenings of 2019.
We're getting ready for our annual Readers' Choice feature, and we want to hear from you about the shows you can't stop thinking about, the dance videos that blew your mind and the artists you discovered this year who everyone should know about.
Ah, stretching. It seems so simple, and is yet so complicated.
For example: You don't want to overstretch, but you're not going to see results if you don't stretch enough. You want to focus on areas where you're tight, but you also can't neglect other areas or else you'll be imbalanced. You were taught to hold static stretches growing up, but now everyone is telling you never to hold a stretch longer than a few seconds?
Considering how important stretching correctly is for dancers, it's easy to get confused or overwhelmed. So we came up with 10 common stretching scenarios, and gave you the expert low-down.