What the heck do those two things have in common? Well, pirouettes (turns/ spins) are performed by dancers and gymnasts, and running is performed by, well, runners. So it’s not that.
What they DO have in common is that they each spend a lot of time on JUST ONE LEG! Dancers and gymnasts are constantly spinning on one leg (pirouette), kicking one leg up and jumping to and from one leg. And runners are basically jumping from one leg to the other, over and over and over, for miles at a time. Shoot, even walking is like doing a bunch of single leg balances over and over and over!
So what’s our point?
If you’re going to be doing any walking, running, pirouetting or anything else that requires you to be on one leg (even for just a second), you better have good control, stability and strength of that leg! And no, this is NOT THE SAME AS HAVING GOOD BALANCE.
This gets a little tricky to explain via writing, so click on the video below to learn:
The difference between having good control, stability and strength and having good balance.
How to assess yourself.
How to help yo’ self so you can pirouette, run and walk better!
Until next week!
Your Physical Therapists (AKA Doctors of Movement),
Dr. Mallari & Dr. Snyder