Risk assessment for Scottish country dance classes

Monica Pollard

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I've only ever witnessed one death on the dance floor, which was
harrowing enough. And as mentioned in the other examples, the family
recognized the gentleman was choosing to do an activity he loved and
probably preferred to die doing that over many other activities.

One other injury I remember in particular because it happened in a
class I was teaching. The dancer tore a calf muscle, which then took
some months of healing and re-hab, and she couldn't dance. The dancer
arrived late and may not have warmed up enough. OTOH, it also seemed
like one of those almost-random injuries that happen even though the
person was not exerting an abnormal amount of effort at the time.

However, the most common injury around here seems to be plantar fasciitis:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/plantar-fasciitis/DS00508/DSECTION=symptoms

Seems like at least three or four of my dancers complain of it at
various times. It tends to come and go. We try to emphasize warming
up, then stretching the large muscles, and reminding folks to cool
down and stretch after class, but one can only do so much. Ultimately
it's up to each dancer to be mindful of what works for their own body.

Do any other groups notice an increase in plantar fasciitis-related
complaints? It seems I hear of many more people having it than I used
to.

Envying the dancers who attended the Asilomar SCD Weekend on Nov 1-3,

Monica Pollard
Nampa, ID

On Sun, Nov 2, 2008 at 11:46 AM, Sophie Rickebusch
<xxxxxx.xxxxxxxxxx@x2.xx.xx> wrote:
> Of course you can have SCD-related accidents, as with any physical activity!
> I've had 2 accidents involving other dancers (one very minor and one which
> had the GP completely baffled, I think he'd never heard of anyone twisting
> their instep!) and one injury which just happened without any external
> factor. I also know several people who have had one or the other, resulting
> in sprains, pulled muscles, partial or full tears between calf muscle and
> Achilles tendon... oh, and only a couple of weeks ago a dance in Edinburgh
> had to be cancelled because the floor was so slippery that a gentleman fell
> and gave himself a nasty bang on the head.
>
> I guess most people on the list can come up with similar stories...
>
> Sophie
>
> Martin Sheffield wrote:
>>
>> I'd be interested to know whether anyone has actually experienced or
>> witnessed an accident caused by SCD. I find it hard to
>> imagine.Nonetheless
>> our club does submit to blackmail and pays for insurance year after year.
>>
>> Martin
>>
>>
>>
>
> --
> Sophie Rickebusch
> Edinburgh, UK
>
>

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