Lessons from Aerial Injuries
I’m in the homestretch now of eight weeks out of the air due to a silly finger injury, a metacarpophalangeal joint collateral ligament sprain, to be precise. I’m usually pretty private about injury, but nearly two months of buddy taping my middle and index fingers together kind of let the cat out of the bag.
Throughout a lifetime of dance and aerial, I’ve never taken time off for injury. Not that I haven’t been injured—I’ve had bulging discs in my cervical spine, tendonitis in my elbows, and most recently, a torn labrum in my hip—just that I’ve always kept dancing right on through it (admittedly, not always the smartest choice...).
So it’s almost funny that something as seemingly small as a finger has taken me down. While I’m not trying to paint a picture of my recovery time as all sunshine and rainbows, I have been trying to focus on the positive opportunities that have come from it:
About the Author: Elizabeth Stich is an RTAP reviewer and contributor to Born to Fly™. She holds an MFA in Modern Dance, a Certificate in Movement Analysis, and has performed as an aerialist in various parks including Sea World. She currently teaches at Salt Lake Community College and Aerial Arts of Utah.
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