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Subject:post-non-DDR-related injuries
Time:07:23 pm
I was wondering if any people were still able to play DDR after an injury not relating to DDR. I dislocated my knee at the end of this July and I'm still recovering. Walking okay, but still can't go up and down stairs normally, much less run or jump, obviously. As I've implied, it wasn't an injury relating to DDR. It wasn't even anything exciting: I was just bending over to put a dish in the dishwasher and I guess I turned my knee the wrong way and...well, out it came. Not fun. :(

Well, my question is: How many people have had similar injuries and were able to keep playing? How long after the injury were you able to play again? I've been meaning to ask my physical therapist about it, but it hasn't been bugging me till recently (guess I'm getting the itch to play again). I was just wondering if people who can relate could answer my question.

It'll be a big relief if I can go on playing when I get 110% better (I'm planning on waiting a while and exercising a bit more before I start playing again, just to be extra safe). Thank you in advance to anyone who answers.
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wildfireskunk
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Time:2006-11-30 08:17 pm (UTC)
You should be able to play again, but I'm not 100% sure how well.

I have a friend who has a similar problem (theirs dislocates more easily than it should), and she wears a fabric knee brace to play. But she's only about 6-7 footer level though, so I can't say how well it would stand up to Max300 or something like that.

Your best bet though is to ask your doctor and physical therapist, as they should be able to tell you how long until you can play again, and advise you on what to do incase your knee has been weakened or anything.

You'll recover though if it's just a dislocation, and be bashing those pads again in no time :D
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chalcedonygrey
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Time:2006-11-30 08:19 pm (UTC)
I had a bad foot sprain at work back in March. I think if I had been willing and (in some instances) able to follow doctor's instructions, I would be playing a lot more right now. As is, I have to limit myself to about 15/20 min each day, taking a day or two off every week. Any more than 30min causes much more pain than I think is really reasonable.

My timeline went like this: March - September no weight bearing exercise. I violated this in September to perform with my bellydance troupe at Renfest. The entire time, I did have to work 8+ hrs/day, most of it standing still on a concrete floor (VERY bad for feet no matter what). September - October about an hour a week total spent on weight-bearing exercises. I was prescribed orthadics and began wearing them mid/late October. November DDR 10-20 min almost every day. Once in awhile I'll play a little more, but rarely. Feet still hurt, but much better and much faster recovery time. I have a follow-up appointment with my podiatrist next week; depending on what he tells me, I may be making some changes.

I believe I'd be fine if I could have stayed off my feet for at least a few weeks instead of having to work. Good work staying off the injury so far. Whatever strengthening exercises you were given, do them according to the schedule. If that hurts too much or isn't possible, talk to your doctor. I wish I had.
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alkor
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Time:2006-11-30 08:43 pm (UTC)
Wow, the mods are pretty awesome for this community. Check it once every few months eh?

Anyways, to answer your question - I've had moderate injuries and been able to play just fine later. I twisted my ankle so badly I had to be on crutches for a week in August. I was able to play DDR about two months after it happened (with a little ankle strain) and can now play DDR just fine.

Still, my injury is different from yours. I'd consider talking to a doctor or equivalent (athletic advisor, etc.) before going at it full speed. If you cannot do that, then just be careful and listen to your body. Let it tell you what it can do.
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paranoiagroovy
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Time:2006-11-30 11:54 pm (UTC)
I ripped my ACL inside of my knee and had orthoscopic surgery. I was out of commission for 3 days, and then crutched and casted for about a month and a half. After this time, I was able to go back and play DDR. Just recently, I've passed Max.(period) with a B. Make you feel better?
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tecrogue
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Time:2006-12-01 06:06 am (UTC)
I had a friend who compleatly messed up his leg playing Kareoke Revolution (yes that one) who got back into playing DDR after he healed up. Just be careful at first and you should be fine. Just stay away from the Catas for a bit ;)
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pufferfish
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Time:2006-12-03 02:40 am (UTC)
lol I pulled a muscle playing DDR a while back but I'm good now. It was painful and I was angry with my matt for a while.
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