Head whips are a staple in today's competitive dance choreography. However, they can be a total pain in the neck. Many dancers and dance teachers don't know where to turn when a common, repetitive dance skill turns into a pain trigger. This free workshop will help you with that!
As a physical therapist, this is something that I see very often clinically. In this workshop, you'll learn how head turns/hair whips can cause neck pain, modifications to help pain during practice, and exercises to strengthen and mobilize your neck.
Everything you need to know to reduce your risk of neck injury
CAUSE OF PAIN
This workshop will provide a basic overview of bony and muscular anatomy of the cervical spine (neck).
Learn how muscular imbalances and repetitive, end range motion can cause pain and potential injury.
MODIFICATIONS IN CLASS
Offload painful motions and learn easy tips and tricks to manage your pain during class.
STRENGTH AND MOBILITY EXERCISES
Practice exercises that will work on the strength and endurance of your deep cervical flexors (neck stability muscles), stretch tight neck muscles, and improve mobility of your neck joints.
Meet Your Coach
Mary Beth is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who has specialized in treating youth athletes and dancers. Mary Beth received her Bachelors in Kinesiology from LSU and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from LSUHSC-Shreveport. In 2018, she completed a physical therapy orthopedic residency program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and became a board-certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy in 2019. She has experience treating youth, adolescent, and adult recreational, competitive, and professional athletes, and has treated on dance tours including So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars. She is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, has given numerous local and national lectures on treating dancers, and has a special interest in injury risk management of the dancer.