Stretching & Flexibility/Ballet

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I writing you because of my 9 years old son, who almost got submitted to the Royal Ballet, here in Copenhagen, almost because the reason why he did not go all the ways was that his achillise  was too short so they are afraid that he will injure himself and there are also positions that are a bit hard for him. His muscle on his bag thighs are also a bit tight. Is it possible to stretch his achillise so he will be able to dance on such a high level?


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Hi Vibeke,

Thanks for your inquiry. It's a pleasure to help and I hope the following is beneficial.

The Achilles is only part of what he needs to stretch; Achilles flexibility is also limited by tight calves and hamstrings, and even tight lower back and buttocks.

Here's some suggestions for improving flexibility for dance and ballet, which often requires more flexibility than other sports... http://stretchcoach.com/articles/improve-your-flexibility/

And stretches for the Achilles, calves, hamstrings, etc. are here... http://stretchcoach.com/resources/stretching-videos/


I hope the above has been helpful. For more information on stretching, flexibility and sports injury management, visit StretchCoach.com.


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Brad Walker
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I'm more than happy to answer any questions relating to stretching, flexibility and sports injury management. Including how to use stretching to improve your athletic performance, prevent sports injury and aid in the recovery of sports injury.

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I'm an internationally recognized stretching and sports injury consultant with more than 20 years of practical experience in the health and fitness industry. I'm also the founder of the Stretching Institute and StretchCoach.com.

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Sports Medicine Australia

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I've written 5 books on stretching, flexibility and sports injury, including... The Stretching Handbook (ISBN: 978-0958109338), The Anatomy of Stretching (ISBN: 978-1556435966) and The Anatomy of Sports Injuries (ISBN: 978-1556436666). Plus, I've had numerous articles published at About.com, Athletes.com and BodyBuilding.com.

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I'm a health science graduate of the University of New England, with post graduate accreditation's in athletics, swimming and triathlon coaching. I've worked with elite level and world champion athletes and I've lectured for Sports Medicine Australia on sports injury prevention and treatment.

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I've worked as assistant coach to Miles Stewart (World Champion Triathlete) and Mick Doohan (World 500cc Motorcycle Champion). Plus I've worked with countless other athletes from sports as diverse as roller-skating, squash, and cycling.

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