Sore Ankles and Calves (was RE: 8x32 strathspeys (was New Recording Requests))

Bruce Herbold

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and those of us who are always laughed at for walking like a duck are
delighted to find a milieu where our unnaturalness gives us an
advantage.

But following your logic about heel and toe walking, Lee, does that
mean that running is an unnatural activity? or that skip change is
more like running than walking?

Bruce Herbold
San Francisco

On Sat, Apr 9, 2011 at 4:52 AM, Lee Fuell <xxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx> wrote:
> Pia wrote:
>
> -----Original Message-----
>>From: Pia <xxx@xxxxxxxx.xxx>
>>Sent: Apr 9, 2011 5:47 AM
>>To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
>>Subject: RE: 8x32 strathspeys (was New Recording Requests)
>
>>
>>One thought struck me, perhaps the sore ankles and calves are not so much
>>the fault of the music as the dance floors we have to contend with - many of
>>them are not sprung (most of them?) and therefore killers to the legs.  And
>>yes you feel it more, if you have to work your muscles in a more pronounced
>>manner.  It may also be that people are not preparing well enough to dance,
>>so muscles are strained from the beginning - then people get hot and stand
>>in cold draughty door ways to cool down before going in to dance again and
>>putting even more strain on muscles.
>
> All true - and add to that the fact that "by the book" Scottish country dancing technique is bio-mechanically unsound.  For stylistic reasons, we force our feet, calves, knees, hips, etc. to do things in ways they are not designed/evolved (pick your preference) to do.  Our legs are built for walking with parallel feet; dancing with good turnout puts a lot of stress on the joints they aren't constructed to take.  You can develop the musculature to adapt to turnout, but the bones, tendons and ligaments are what they are.
>
> Our feet are designed for heel-to-toe walking, yet we dance with our heels off the floor.  This inordinately stresses the arch of the foot, and requires constant contraction of the calf muscles to hold the heels up - that's why calves get sore and calf stretches are essential for SCDers.  Also why warmups are so important, and why it bothers me that the RSCDS teacher certification process is so inadequate in teaching warmup skills.
>
> Hard floors certainly contribute to sore ankles and calves (and other lower body parts), and perhaps music does as well but I'm not sold on that.  But the fundamental reason for lower extremity pain in SCDers is the very nature of SCD technique itself - it's unnatural.  So next time you're going dancing tell your friends you're off to engage in unnatural physical activity and watch the looks on their faces.
>
>>Another thought - at dances, why are you looking at people's feet, and
>>assessing?  Should you not be looking at faces and interact with a smile,
>>not matter how the dancer dances?  Should we not just be glad that people
>>are turning up to dance!!!!
>
> Here, here!
>
> Lee
>
> Beavercreek, OH, USA
>

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Bruce Herbold

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