Returning To Pole After An Injury: Expert Help!

Injuries are a part of pole dancing. Many pole dancers find themselves suffering minor injuries like pole kisses and abrasions, while others often suffer major injuries affecting the shoulder, arm, wrist, heel, or knee.

Whatever the injury you’ve suffered, it’s understandable that returning to the pole can be challenging. It’s more challenging if you’ve been in recovery and away from the pole for months.

Having seen a couple of nasty injuries, some requiring the student to stay out for months, I can tell you that returning to the pole can be difficult.

If you’re in the same shoes – I’m sorry. However, I’ll be sharing some important tips to help you get back on that pole and resume your pole dancing journey with ease.

Please remember that you may not pick up exactly from where you left off, but the following tips should help.

Pay Attention to Healing 

Pole dancing is just as physically exerting as any other physical sport or physical fitness exercise. I advise that you get medical clearance before you return to the pole.

The thing is, returning to the pole when you’re not fully healed and capable can worsen the injury. In fact, it may spell the end of your pole dancing career.

Remember that your body is delicate just after an injury. You need to give it enough time to rest and heal before returning to the pole.

If it helps, I recommend getting into a rehabilitation class or seeking a physical/occupational therapist for help. This can significantly help to strengthen your joint muscles in preparation for your return to the pole.

Start from the Basics

Don’t assume you can pick up from where you left off, especially if you’ve been away from the pole for months.

I advise that you start from the basics and let your body get familiar with pole dancing again.

One of the common problems I see when people start from the basics is the frustration of not perfecting the move in one go. Always remember that it’s easier to dance in your head than to replicate it on the pole. Give yourself time and allow yourself to make mistakes. You’ll only get better for it.

Take things slow and do not overexert yourself or place undue pressure on yourself.

Reader Update: 

“Go back to basics/do conditioning work. Focus on the exercises you can do without straining the injured area. Take it slow with the stress you’re putting on your body. Stop immediately if you feel any pain or are about to cross over the line. This was my approach when I started training inverts again after straining my back. For a while, the fear of re-injury held me back, but I practiced turning the fear into the mindfulness of my movements and muscle-mind connection, which has helped me so much in knowing when to stop or push further!”

Take Time to Rest

Rest is an important body function. It is the time when the body cools itself, assesses your health, and launches a repair or recovery action.

By giving yourself enough time to rest through meditation and sleep, you encourage your body to heal faster. You also give your body all the benefits it deserves to bring you up to speed with where you are mentally.

Consume Lots of Protein

Protein-rich foods have many advantages, including fortifying your body with the necessary nutrients for repairs and recovery. The effect of proteins on injury and healing has been scientifically documented.

I recommend paying attention to your protein intake. You can consume animal and plant protein to improve your healing and enhance recovery.

Please note that there’s no easy way to speed up your progress on the pole following an injury. However, you’ll notice the improvements with time.

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