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Every so often I look at Tumbler to see what is going on in the competitive world. This week I was shocked to see two young dancers posts of themselves in the hospital with the hashtag New Hip. What?? These kids are way to young for that. It got me thinking about what all this Tilt Tuesday nonsense is doing to these young dancers. A dancers career should last until their mid thirties at least but this competitive mind set is pushing these kids to peak as teens. Dance isn't gymnastics where your shelf life is very limited.
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my daughter was put in "tilts" and every extension possible in every dance, flexibility is our studio strength. however, after doing it so much, she has chronic hip pain and cannot lift her leg without pain. dance should be a long-term sport. dancers on instagram probably have a part in having to do with this, as many acro-contortion dancers are looked up to. stay safe!
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Yes, I know many are pushing their dancers to the point of injury, but I think this push is pervasive in all athletics in youth today.
I know so many young soccer and lacrosse players who have had four and five knee and ankle surgeries with crazy pinning and mechanics by the time they are 15. I've know multiple baseball pitchers with shoulder and elbow surgery at young ages. My own son, a competitive swimmer, had shoulder surgery during high school. And my youngest son almost destroyed his tibia with multiple, repeated stress fractures from excessive distance running and soccer training. Some of these injuries and subsequent surgeries will place complications on their lives forever. Its just all so fast today regardless of the sport. I'm curious what ever happened to kids doing recreational sports!? And yes, all of my children participated in activities (at very young ages) that were in the competitive realm rather than recreation level, but that is basically what its become (at least here). If my kids wanted to do anything athletic in their high school, they had to grow up doing it at a highly competitive level or they wouldn't have made the team. It is sad though and I am sorry that many cannot see the forest through the trees. I don't see the trend getting any better either, especially in the world of social media and the instant posting of one's latest and greatest accomplishment. All it's doing is fueling others to better it at any cost.
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I'm curious what ever happened to kids doing recreational sports!? Seriously! I did try to get my kid interested in doing something other than dance. It was very difficult to find a true rec sport that only met once or twice a week vs every day. It seems like every activity believes that the child should only be doing that activity and anything else comes second.
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tendumom Seriously! I did try to get my kid interested in doing something other than dance. It was very difficult to find a true rec sport that only met once or twice a week vs every day. It seems like every activity believes that the child should only be doing that activity and anything else comes second. Luckily, I was able to keep my kids out of the rat race. Maybe it's just where we live but there were/are plenty of opportunities to do things once or twice a week. When they were younger it was the Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA,a local ski club, after school activities, the town's recreation dept's offerings, even Little League didn't take up a whole lot of time. Now that they are older it's the rock gym, the local swim and tennis club, still the after school offerings and the town's rec dept, and a boat club (rowing and sailing). The opportunities here really are pretty endless if you go outside of the box a little.