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Dance is a complex physical commitment that requires holistic treatment of the musculoskeletal system. For the last three decades, experts in Boston Children's Hospital’s Division of Sports Medicine have been dedicated to caring for dancers of all ages and levels of competition by evaluating nutrition, bone and endocrine health, podiatry (foot care) and sports psychology. Our mission is to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary, world-class care to all of our dancers.
Boston Children’s expert, Lyle J. Micheli, MD, is the medical director of the Boston Ballet, and competitive dancers choose Boston Children’s because our staff, led by Andrea Stracciolini, MD, specializes in the unique discipline of dance biomechanics, flexibility, strength deficits, injury prevention and point readiness. Young dancers and professional dancers alike can expect full evaluation, diagnostics and treatment of all injuries at Boston Children’s Dance Medicine Section.
To schedule an appointment with our Dance Medicine Section, please contact our Dance Medicine coordinator at:
Injuries incurred by dancers can be unique in nature and challenging to diagnose and treat. Our multidisciplinary team is specially equipped to diagnose and evaluate these injuries in full, including but not limited to:
• ACL injuries
• Ankle and foot injuries
• Back injuries
• Bone health
• FHL tendinitis
• Hip and pelvis injuries
• Hip impingement
• Labral tears
• Nutrition evaluation
• Os trigonum
• Posterior and anterior ankle impingement syndrome
• Stress fractures
Keeping Twin Dancers on Their Toes
Eighteen-year-old twins Sasha and Lise Ramsay are like two peas in a pod. They started dancing at 3, fell in love with ballet by age 6 and will both enter the ballet program at Brigham Young University in the fall. The girls are also mirror-image twins, which means some features, like cowlicks in the hair, are opposite each other.
Watch videos from Boston Children’s dance symposium—The Evaluation, Treatment and Rehabilitation of the Dancer with an Injury to the Foot/Ankle—to learn more about:
• common diagnoses of young dancers with foot/ankle pain
• appropriate dance training and preparation for pointe work
• clinical evaluation of the young dancer with foot/ankle pain
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