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Ballet dancers know that injuries such as pulled muscles and tendons are common — rigorous rehearsals combined with extreme positions can do that. To treat ballet injuries, remember the acronym RICE to aid your recovery:

  • R = Rest. Get the heck off the injured part.

  • I = Ice. Ice your injury for 20 minutes several times during the first day.

  • C = Compression. Wrap up the injury to discourage it from growing.

  • E = Elevation. Lift the injury higher than your heart.

Always consult a medical professional about any serious injury.

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Scott Speck has conducted hundreds of ballet performances throughout the United States and Europe. He is music director of the Joffrey Ballet, artistic director of the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, and former conductor of the San Francisco Ballet. Evelyn Cisneros danced for the San Francisco Ballet for 23 years and is the artistic director of the National Dance Institute of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

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