> ...SNIP... >I've addressed a lot of this in an extensive article I sent to Ian >McHaffie on SCD injury modes, prevention, and care for TACTALKS. I >only finished this last night. >...SNIP...
I'm looking forward to reading your article, and would like to thank in
advance for making the effort. I'm sure the other teachers in my
branch will be equally interested. If it's too long for one issue, and
if you don't mind the extra effort, maybe you could turn it into a
series instead of trying to cut valuable information from it?
As an aside, I think it was Colleen who mentioned getting advice in a
workshop on how to deal with the wide range of physical
abilities/limitations in a class when it comes to warmups and
cool-downs. We tend to emphasize with people things like "if it hurts,
STOP!" or how to get into a stretch carefully, but in general this is
putting a lot of responsibility on individual dancers who may not know
any better for taking care of their bodies instead of trying to do what
they see other people doing. Not to mention the fact that seeing what
other people are doing is pretty relative given the dress we normally
wear to class. Does Keith or anyone else (Colleen?) have advice on how
we can better assist such a mixed crowd in stretching effectively
without injuring themselves?