Common Problems That Young Dancers Deal With

One of my passions in my career, and the main reason why I chose my career in the first place, is helping young dancers and athletes learn how to properly take care of their bodies. I noticed, as a dancer myself, that a lot of my friends and other dancer/athletes that I followed were constantly getting injured, falling into bad eating habits, and their bodies would start to break down at very young ages.

This is actually one of the reasons why I wrote A Dancer's Diary in the first place. I wanted to provide a complete source for dancers to go back to when they needed help in the various areas of their lives. Through my research on this subject, common health problems in young dancers, I came across a lot of helpful material that I would like to share with you today. Most of the information you read in this post is taken directly from A Dancer's Diary. If you would like more information, please feel free to order your copy by visiting the Contact page.


Weight Control - The Dancer's Figure - Food

Perfection is unattainable. However, this is way easier to say than implement, especially for young dancers. Dancers, especially those in professional companies, are constantly under pressure to look a certain way. Thankfully, this is changing. The historical characteristics of a dancer is gradually changing in the professional dance world, making it much easier for aspiring young dancers to make it into companies.

With that said, weight is still an issue. When you think about it, if you are doing Pas de Deux, the girl must be lighter in order to be lifted by the male with ease. This provides added pressure to be a certain weight. Weight control is achievable through natural means and simple meal planning. Fiber (rice bran, vegetables, nuts) is important for keeping you full longer. Vegetables, fruits, and nuts (only a handful) are perfect for quick snacks.

Avoid sugar and processed forms of carbohydrates and fibers. Consume lots of spices that can help you lose weight, increase blood circulation, and lower inflammation (ginger, black pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, cayenne, ginseng, mustard). Healthy fats like coconut oil, avocado, sesame oil, and olive oil are great for filling you up for longer. Meat is very important for dancers. You must have protein to perform properly. Avoid soy as it is a hormone disruptor and causes inflammation.

Counting calories can become an obsession and I only recommend it for people trying to lose large amounts of weight in a short amount of time. You should enjoy your food. Make sure you are eating organic, natural, high-quality foods.

Malnutrition is becoming less and less of an issue among adult dancers, however, young dancers who haven't done their research can easily fall into this. Eating properly and consuming the proper vitamins and minerals is so important. Vitamin D, C, and Iron are extremely important. There is an entire section in A Dancer's Diary that tackles the issue of the common health issues for dancers. I encourage you to check it out. This includes amenorrhea, nutritional deficiencies, and lowered immune system.

Here are some posts that I've done on these topics: Is Restricting Calories the Best Choice? ~ There is so Much More to Weight Loss ~ Healthy Weight-Loss Snacks ~ Health Issues That Prevent Weight-Loss ~ Thoughts on Veganism & Vegetarianism ~ The Importance of Vitamin D ~ Vitamin D ~ Why Are