Do you ever take Advil before dancing?

raindance

Well-Known Member
#22
But what if you have to dance, like you paid a lot of money in competition entry fees or there is show you've been preparing for months. When I start dancing every day before a big event, my knees often start bothering me and the only way I can get through the event is Advil. I strategically take it about an hour before dancing for maximum effect and I never found that it affects my dancing in a bad way. After the event, I try to rest for a week or two and that usually helps my knees until I overwork them again.

I think if this happens on a regular basis, it might be a good idea to re-evaluate your training/practice schedule. Ideally, you should dance a pretty consistent amount week to week and month to month. Then there is no big need to ramp up and dance much more often just before an event. Or, if you need to ramp up the intensity, do it gradually so your body has time to adjust. In fact, if you can ease off on intensity just a bit before a big event, you may have more energy (and less pain) for the competition.

So avoiding putting yourself in positions where you know you are going to overwork and bother your knees (or other joints) is a good plan if possible. I realize it's not always possible for a variety of reasons. But I think it's worth thinking about whether you can strategically avoid some of the problems.
 
#26
I think to a certain extent, dancers, much like athletes in other sports, have a very good understanding of our own body. We know to a certain extent, the limits of how far we can exert ourselves and I'm sure there are many of you who like to be able to push our boundaries and have sustained an injury (sprains, joints, back are what comes to mind most often) and because we prefer to be on the dancefloor instead of the sidelines, so I suspect many dancers have on occasion taken an Advil before dancing when the need arises.

On that note, a good question would be, how many people here have started a dance, want to keep going and took an Advil to allow that to happen?
 

Loki

Well-Known Member
#27
I do know several dancers who just will not take down time or if they do, it's quite minimal even after giving birth, having surgery, etc. I appreciate their zeal, but with my knee being on the iffy side of being scoped, I have to wonder.
 

IndyLady

Well-Known Member
#28
On that note, a good question would be, how many people here have started a dance, want to keep going and took an Advil to allow that to happen?
That would have to be some pretty powerful "Advil" to work quickly enough to get you back dancing so soon....


I do know several dancers who just will not take down time or if they do, it's quite minimal even after giving birth, having surgery, etc. I appreciate their zeal, but with my knee being on the iffy side of being scoped, I have to wonder.
We live in a culture that does not properly respect or appreciate rest and recuperation, which is unfortunate. I often think that the only reason some people jump back into stuff as quickly as humanly possible is to be able to say they did it. I was astounded at the number of people who said things like, "oh, you'll be back dancing the next day!" or "Jane popped out her baby and was competing the next week" when I was pregnant. I was like, uh, we will see how things go. This business of constantly driving oneself to the edge and past.... if you just run your body down sooner rather than later, was it worth it?
 
#29
That would have to be some pretty powerful "Advil" to work quickly enough to get you back dancing so soon....

Advil is actually pretty effective for moderate stressors on the human body. I am active in two things, snowboarding and dancing. In fact, I do both at the same location, often times, at snow resorts. I've seen snowboarders go once on the halfpipe, they feel a twinge, the medical crew gives them an Advil and they are are able to go on the halfpipe once more. This is quite common. I've seen a bottle of Advil on the staff table for dances before and I am curious how often it gets used during competition or training
 

debmc

Well-Known Member
#30
I don't recommend dancing through an injury using pain meds to mask symptoms but I can see the validity in taking an NSAID or Tylenol to help with the usual competition soreness of multiple heats.
 

Dance Ads