About Coach Erin

Erin is a 17 year veteran dance team coach in Minnesota. A 3 time MADT coach of the year (2009, 2010, 2014) and winner of 2 state championships in high kick with the Cannon Falls Bomber Dance Team. In high school Erin danced for Winona and Apple Valley high schools. Erin is a nationally known blogger, writing for the Radio City Rockettes and a Hollywood movie among other projects. Erin also teaches on a freelance contractor basis for many MN high school teams and can be contacted for date/time availability at mnhsdanceteam@gmail.com


Guest Series – Hip Health with Meredith

I’m am so privileged to introduce you to the dance team physical therapist and all around health and wellness specialist, Meredith Butulis.  Meredith has been actively invested in the health of our dancers in this community for many years now and I’m pleased to announce she will be doing a series of articles on dancer’s hip injuries (a HUGE topic this year) right here on mnhsdanceteam.com!  You can check out Meredith’s own BLOG and practice’s website at www.osrpt.com or www.osrptdance.blogspot.com and keep checking back for more from Meredith this season.  Tomorrow: weekend preview and recap of this week’s conference results!  See you then!


With the dance team season in full swing, the number 1 injury I see is dancer hip pain. Often dancers come in with a self diagnosis of “hip flexor tendinitis.” Later this month, I will post some useful tips for dancers regarding hip pain.

For now, let’s start with a background of causes of such hip pain. Here are the most common causes that I encounter:

1. Labral tear. There is cartilage that lines the hip socket and contributes to the hip’s stability. This cartilage can be torn with repetitive end range kicking and many other movements.

2. Bone structure. Genetically and developmentally, hips come in many different shapes and sizes. Sometimes structures like cam impingement, pincer impingement, or dysplasia may limit motions that you can and cannot perform with your hips. Here is a link to a scientific article from the American Family Physician journal.

3. Stress fracture/reaction. Overuse injuries of the hip bone, pelvis bone, and growth plates are quite common in teenage athletes that perform repetitive pounding or kicking motions. They may create pain in the front of the hip, back of the hip, or groin. They are commonly mistaken for groin strains or hamstring strains. Even though they can be common, they can be quite serious and typically require medical attention.

4. Muscle imbalance. Quite often, dancers do not have much exposure to high kick prior to joining a dance team. Young dancers and teens are quite prone to muscle imbalances that may lead to strength and flexibility deficits that need to be corrected in order to perform activities like kicking, leaping, running, and other skills more safely. This is a common area for a dance Physical Therapist to intervene by assessing the individual dancer and then developing an individual plan. In my ten years of experience, I have never treated two dancers with exactly the same plan when it comes to hip imbalances.

This blog post was composed by Meredith Butulis, DPT, MSPT, ACSM HFS, CPT. The purpose of this article is general education and it is not intended to diagnose or treat. Please feel free to leave comments/questions via the comment box.

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