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Your dance injury. How you recovered. Where you recognized God in it all for you during that time. Injury prevention strategies learned from it

Kaye Strauss
11:31 AM ET (US)
Thank you for sharing your experience Andrew & I praise the Lord for His Hand over His Children. When injuries/illness occur in our lives, it is an initial human response to to think in the flesh, however, I have found over the years, when laid up with injury/illness the more I find myself thanking God for thisrest, as I do now with a damaged plantafasia of my right foot (old injury) & bronchitis with laryngitis, which came about from power walking 4 miles to church & my daughters last Sunday!! I have been in need of solitude with Father God but running around doing everyday things in the flesh over the last 2 months instead of starting my day, as I usually do, in 30 minutes quiet time with the Lord as I stretch, so maybe He is telling me something 😀!!! My advice, listen to Father & spend time with Him and ......
As one gets older the stretching becomes more important so be encouraged in every situation fellow worshippers, dancers & children of Abba Father!!!
Andrew D Park
04:31 AM ET (US)
I think having realistic expectations is just as important as having a willingness to stretch one's limits incrementally as we mature and grow.
09:52 PM ET (US)
People, including many dancers, are perennially afraid of failure. Social researcher Brene Brown at the University of Houston has written several books and concludes: "He or she who is the most capable of being uncomfortable rises the fastest. There is a huge correlation between a capacity for discomfort and wholeheartedness. If you cannot manage discomfort, that sends you barrelling into perfectionism, blame, rationalizing -- without taking away key learning. Men and women who rise strong are curious people. They're like "What do I need to dig into?" TIME magazine, page 48, September 21 edition 2015.
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Barbara Wood
08:38 AM ET (US)
I opened up this topic today as I have pulled a muscle in my leg. How I did it, I do not know. I had walked down near the sea yesterday to check out something, planning to walk along the seafront after that. As I went down towards the sea for my walk, I found that it was painful to walk quickly. No rhyme or reason for this - just painful to stride out. If I creep along very slowly I'm ok. So I can't say yet how I've recovered but have had prayer for it in church just now. I will recover and am wondering what God has in store for me during that time. Patience is not one of my virtues though! My prayer used to be 'God give me patience but please hurry up!' I cannot imagine being unable to dance.
Andrew D ParkPerson was signed in when posted
04:41 AM ET (US)
Hi Noel, I think what you say about dancers missing out being selected for productions is quite important. It will happen to most dancers at some time. And being rejected is something we all have to navigate in real life. We all have to cope with disappointment at some time. And I think it can develop into a pastoral care issue. Non-physical injuries (e.g. psychological, spiritual setbacks) are just as valid in this discussion as the physical kind, but are more often invisible or less visible.
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Andrew D ParkPerson was signed in when posted
08:52 PM ET (US)
I recently fell down 13 stairs at a city railway station and tore my quadriceps ligaments - 50% left quad and 70% on the right quad. An ambulance was called by a policeman who sat with me on the bottom step, where we chatted about motorcycles, reminisced about my past work a long time ago as a policeman, and about ministry stuff. My accident happened on 1st March 2014.

I had been to a ministry event and was returning home when this all happened.

Some careless person left a drink can in the poorly lit stairs. When I slipped on it, the can twisted me around so I went from stair to stair on my quads instead of my head and back. Had I not twisted around, I may not be here writing this today, but either a paraplegic, in a coma, or far worse. Although others might be a bit more sceptical about it, I do see the hand of God in that being turned around on my quads instead of my back and head. I also see God in the kindness and caring attitudes of the policeman, ambulance paramedics and others who initially came to my aid while being unable to leave those stairs myself after the fall.

After 3 months off, I returned back to work around a month ago on desk duties.

I'm not a dancer, and so the injuries didn't have a direct effect on my dancing. However, I am a 6-day-a week gym goer, and my injuries meant I could only use seated weight machines - not free weights which require good balance while standing.

A specialist told me I will eventually recover, but I have needed to undertake a large number of physiotherapy sessions to get my legs functional again.

To recover, I have been doing low squats, leg raises and leg presses. Considering that I used to leg press the whole stack on the weights (around 250kg , but am just now (4 months after the fall) only doing about 80kg with both legs pressing at the same time, the drop in my leg strength resulting from the injury was quite dramatic.

The effects on my walking were equally dramatic. I can no longer run. And walking is now very slow, with hills and slopes being very challenging for me still.

My wife and work colleagues frequently describe me as "action man" or "a man of action" and recall my previous ability to jump into first gear quickly and enter into "mission launch phase" quite easily. But now I am significantly slowed down in my walking - almost to a still balance-challenged, dawdle at work, home and outside as I struggle to get around.

There is no pain now. Just stiffness and weakness in my legs.

Being a person who likes to be in the thick of things as a social justice activist, there are some current projects happening where I have had to sit back and watch others do, which I normally would be involved in a more mobilised and active way at the present stage. But, also being a prolific writer - about the arts, mission, theology and social justice issues - my injuries have not prevented me from doing other important things to doing with my mission calling, such as posting blogs, writing articles, and running discussion forums like these. In fact I've written far more about ministry, mission and social justice in the last 5 months than I've ever done before, as some ICDF and Forge friends would probably be able to testify.

Injuries - even serious injuries - are often times of learning, and you can learn many things from the healing processes involved. Learn lots about yourself, about God, faith, healing and resilience.

For Christian dancers, who particularly rely on the health, flexibility and fitness of their well-trained bodies to perform, minister and communicate the Gospel and worship through skilled movement, being injured - especially seriously injured - has a major impact on their capacity to function in their chosen form of ministry expression, which is heavily physical by nature.

I'm very blessed to have alternate avenues of expression of my ministry other than those involving demanding physical movements. However, a dancer as a wife, and being in the 1980's a quite reasonable Latin/ballroom dancer, I can also appreciate how frustrating, possibly heart-breaking, faith-challenging and painfully limiting being seriously injured or otherwise physically unwell can be for those among us whose primary expression of ministry and mission is dance.

So that is why I decided to launch this topic, "Your dance injury. How you recovered. Where you recognized God in it all for you during that time. Injury prevention strategies learned from it" and I would add, the effects on your spiritual formation during that time.
Edited 07-01-2014 08:56 PM

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