Dancing With The Stars: Physical rigor of competition leads to injuries

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Amy Purdy dances with Derek Hough : ABC Dancing With The Stars
Amy Purdy dances with Derek Hough : ABC Dancing With The Stars

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2014  – Becoming a fan of Dancing With The Stars means recognizing the extreme physicality of the competition. Most of the stars are not professional athletes or dancers.  But even those that are, the physical demands are intense.

For example, this season Olympic Gold Medal winners Meryl Davis and Charlie White are on tour with Stars on Ice, performing, this upcoming week, May 3 (Chicago) 4 (St. Paul), 9 (San Diego), 10 (Anaheim) and May 11th (San Diego), while performing on the ABC show, which tapes in Hollywood, on May 5th and 12th.

With their partners, Meryl with Maks Chmerkovskiy and Charlie with Sharna Burgess, they also learn a new competitive routine, last week learning both a couples dance for Latin Night and a “team dance” where three couples danced together.

As the show is reaching the halfway mark, the duos are wearing out, the competition getting fiercer and the injuries are bound to happen.


This last week had para-Olympian snowboarder Amy Purdy heading to the hospital after hurting her shoulder after dancing a very sultry rhumba to Light My Fire (The Doors):

While actress Danica McKellar, dancing with Val Chmerkovskiy, performed a vigorous salsa with a broken rib.

Communities Digital News chats Dancing with the Stars every Monday night, starting at 8:00pm EST here at CommDigiNews.com.

Until then, click through the stars, and the pros, that have given it all in DWTS competitions past.

 

RALPH MACCHIO During season 13, Macchio was the first to admit that he was injured; he was unable to practice for a week due to a ruptured cyst on the back of his knee. Adam Taylor/ABC

RALPH MACCHIO:  During season 13, Macchio was the first to admit that he was injured; he was unable to practice for a week due to a ruptured cyst on the back of his knee. (Adam Taylor/ABC

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