Dance Medicine is a branch of sports medicine dedicate to the specific athletic needs of performing artists. It is defined by the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries as "the science and art of preventing and alleviating or curing disease in the life and body of the dancer. As a discipline it investigates the causes of dance injuries, promotes their care, prevention and safe post-rehabilitation return to dance, and explores the 'how' of dance movement."
Geneviève danced competitively for 20+ years, training in tap, jazz, ballet and contemporary dance. She successfully passed the BATD Jazz associate exam with Highly Commended. As a trained dancer, Geneviève developed a strong passion for movement at a young age and through her own injuries, had to learn the importance of injury management and prevention. This lead to her interest in sport physiotherapy and dance medicine. Geneviève now treats many youth dancers in the Ottawa area, performs dance injury and pre-pointe assessments, and is the creator of the Strong Dancer program.
Strong dancer program
Let's start thinking of dancers like the athletes they are!
The Strong Dancer Program aims to educate and strengthen dancers through small group classes tailored to their specific needs. These 6-week programs integrate exercise physiology concepts with yoga, Pilates and strength training to build strong, resilient dancers. All dance styles welcome! (Ages 10 and up)
Building Endurance for a Strong Season
Tuesdays from 4:30 -5:30pm
September 10th to October 15th
Ready for your best year of dance? This 6-week program is designed with exercise physiology principles in mind to increase resiliency throughout the dance season. Pilates exercises will be used to improve core strength while helping dancers better control their trunk, hips and shoulders. Full body strengthening will focus on muscular endurance to build a strong base for future programs and all classes will integrate high intensity intervals to improve cardiovascular capacity; this has been shown to help decrease over-training and injury risks throughout an athlete’s season.
Strong & Long Extensions
Tuesdays from 4:30 -5:30pm
October 29th to December 3rd
Looking for beautiful lines in your dancing? Flexibility and beautiful extensions are important for success in dance; but not if it comes at the cost of injury. Traditional prolonged stretching programs can cause injury and do not work on the ability to carry the body safely to new range.
This 6-week program will work on core strength and body awareness in combination with mobility drills and strengthening exercises to improve flexibility and motor control.
Registration for the Ottawa program at AMPED Sports Lab, contact Geneviève at firstname.lastname@example.org
Physiotherapy for dancers
Dance Injury Assessment
A 60-minute appointment which includes a musculoskeletal screen and physiotherapy assessment.
Dancers will participate in a dance specific functional screen including dance technique and movement pattern analysis. The physiotherapy assessment examines neuromuscular control, balance, strength, flexibility and muscle imbalances. Dancers with a history of injury may also undergo special orthopedic tests to assess the integrity and recovery of the injured tissues.
The assessment will be followed by a discussion regarding findings and recommendation of appropriate treatment and exercises.
Pointe readiness Assessment
A 60-minute appointment that includes a musculoskeletal screen, a physical exam and suggestions for improvement based on any physical limitations.
Evidence-guided and measurable tests are utilized to help determine the dancer’s readiness for pointe work.
Pre-pointe assessments also include a discussion regarding assessment findings, professional recommendation related to pointe readiness and exercises to help reduce and prevent injuries.