Injured Again :(

Posted April 7th, 2014 by layla

Sigh.. I’m injured, again :/

I’ve been injured since March 12th. I traveled to Orlando, FL for work, and then traveled to Tampa, FL to visit my family. I scheduled lessons with Alexander Voskalchuk and Veronika Egorova while I was in Tampa. The lessons were very insightful! I was so very excited to integrate everything I’d learned when I got home.

I returned home on the afternoon of the 11th, and I was traveling to San Francisco on the 13th for GDC 2014 (2014 Game Developers Conference), so I was trying to pack as much practice time in as possible while I was home.

It was at the end of competitors rounds on the evening of the 12th when it happened. I was dancing solo, as was another female, the dance was Tango, and we danced backwards into each other, at high speed. Her heel impacted just inferior and anterior to the lateral malleolus of my right ankle, and then I quickly hobbled off the floor in pain. I had hoped it was just a horrible bruise. Unfortunately, over the next few days, it proved to be more than that, resulting in an ER visit while traveling in SF.

Ankle Dissection

It turns out that the impact damaged the lateral-collateral ligaments, specifically:
(8): anterior talofibular ligament
(9): calcaneofibular ligament
and the sinus tarsi (concave region nearby (10))
(10): talocalcaneal interosseous ligament

The good news is that I still have stability in the ligaments, so it won’t be a dance career ending injury. The bad news is that I’ve probably still got another month of PT and rest before it’s well healed enough for me to return to dance. But, having learned from past mistakes, I’d rather lose two months than two years, so I’ve been diligent about resting it properly.

In other good news, I’m out of this silly Buzz Lightyear boot and walking like a normal human being again now :)

The Harvard Invitational DanceSport competition was this weekend in Boston, and I had hoped to have lessons with current World & U.S. Professional Ballroom Vice-Champions Victor Fung and Anastasia Muravyeva, who were the visiting show couple this year. A couple of weeks ago, current five-time World Champion, Katusha Demidova was also here giving lessons. It’s been frustrating sitting on the sidelines and missing out on such great opportunities to learn. At the same time, I’ve been studying anatomy textbooks and doing pilates, so it isn’t as if I’m making no progress in this part of my life, even if it might feel that way.

I am so very looking forward to getting back on the dance floor in May!

P.S. For reference, here’s a SlowFox by Alexander and Veronika:


Victor Fung & Anastasia Muravyeva
Current World & U.S. Professional Ballroom Vice-Champions


Arunas Bizokas & Katusha Demidova
Current Five-Time World Professional Ballroom Champions

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