Posted by Jackie on 18-Sep-2014
HAMSTRINGS. They keep us upright and dancing. When they work well we can kick, split and balance but when they are injured we can be out for a whole competition season. If the injury is not treated properly it could be the end of our physie career.
If you only take one thing from this blog it should be this: ICE on the INJURY and HEAT only during the HEALING process. The treatment of a hamstring injury varies depending on the severity and where the injury is. There are 3 different muscles that make up the hamstring group and injury can occur anywhere from the hip to the knee.
The most important thing is to put ice on the injured area as soon after injury as possible and again after any muscle use in the recovery phase. Ice will help limit the inflammatory reactions of the body and swelling.
Resting the hamstring is crucial to recovery. Rest relieves strain on the muscle, allows the swelling to subside and inflammation to settle down. You should not do any activity that stress the muscle or aggravate the injury. The period of rest is different for every injury, from days to months depending on the severity, but insufficient resting time may prolong the injury. Read on…
Posted by Jackie on 17-Sep-2014
Photography by Heidi Boardman
Posted by Jackie on 16-Sep-2014
Today’s blog flows from the Quote of the Week by J K Rowling “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
We often see parents moving their child from sport to sport to try to find one that she will succeed at. And we often hear parents say “I won’t let my daughter compete – I don’t want to damage her self-esteem if she doesn’t succeed”. These are the children who grow up having never experienced failure while their counterparts, who have tried and failed and tried again, grow up with a greater sense of worth and more resilience.
Physie competitions can be a nerve-wracking experience (for young and old alike). But taking a risk, whether you succeed or fail, prepares you for the real world where things don’t always turn out the way you want them to. Even Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have experienced failure and it no doubt made them more successful.
The girl who loves her physie and performs it for an audience will have her self-esteem boosted just by participating. She can set herself personal goals throughout her physie career that are independent of the judges’ awards. Her teacher and her parents play the key role in ensuring that her confidence and pride increases and that she feels like a success.
The only real failure is failing to try so, every time you give it a go, you are succeeding!
Posted by Jackie on 15-Sep-2014
The Figtree physie girls gave an awesome performance at the Australian Dance Festival on Friday night in front of a packed and appreciative audience. The Open Stage show was moved this year to the evenings which meant that the audience was full of dancers.
The physie girls, aged 10 to 30, showed not only the dance skills but the teamwork ability of physie girls and the creative choreography of Emma Sadd.
Check out the youtube clip on our facebook page!