Every pole dancer falls at some point.
It’s not a question of if, but of when–and how badly/forcefully/quickly–we go down. Sometimes it’s just a fluke. We do a move we’ve done dozens of times, and something doesn’t catch quite right, and down we go. But often, it’s because we aren’t properly conditioned, or because we didn’t have a good exit strategy for the trick we were trying to do.
As a dancer, I understand being impatient. Believe me. I’m working on my iron x right now, and if a genie would appear before me and magically make it appear, I’d be 100% down with it. But it’s a tough move, and I need to accept that conditioning for it is part of getting it. Sigh. OK.
As an instructor, I’m here to tell you that there are times in pole when you’ll feel like you’re moving much more slowly than you’d like. You might even be getting bored. But there’s progression to be had in pole. Conditioning and learning technique for graduated versions of advanced tricks are important. You don’t get your black belt in karate in week one, and you’re not going to do a flawless chopper in week one.
Warning signs that you’ve injured yourself
An acute injury usually comes on quickly because of impact or trauma. Break something, tear something, sprain something, dislocate something. Pole dancing offers alllll sorts of opportunities for this. It’s slippery, your grip is a little off, your grip’s not quite strong enough, or you don’t have the proper technique for the move.
Injuries of overuse are just what they sound like. They usually develop slowly and start off in milder fashion–and they can cause long-term pain or damage if you don’t allow ample time for yourself to heal.
One super common injury in pole involves a strain or tear of the rhomboids or intercostals, and it happens when you a) invert before you’re ready, or b) you’re ready, but you go invert CRAZY and become all about the invert, without giving your body a break. Invert. Invert. Invert! INVERT! You’ll start to feel pain in your side, under your underarm, when you go up or down. Or you’ll feel it between your shoulder blades. It might be a dull ache, or it might be a stab of pain. Either one is your body telling you “hey, could ya take it easy?” Listen to it. Go back to conditioning work, or at the very least, don’t spend every minute of your session rolling yourself upside down (or doing whatever move it is that’s causing the pain).