Remember how I said I don't let anything interfere with Zumba? Okay, okay...aside from morning sickness and postpartum recovery...yeah yeah. Well, in the last part of April I somehow managed to sprain my left ankle. I can't pinpoint any incident so I still don't know how it happened. One day it was fine, and the next day I got out of bed and ouch!
It wasn't all that bad of a sprain really. I've had worse. In the summer of 2003, I sprained my right ankle falling out of the physics building at MSU. I'll wait until you're done laughing... Okay then. That was my right ankle and I could barely hobble around. I spent two weeks with it wrapped and propped up practically every moment. During that time, Bry had to drive to school and drop me off as close to the door as he could since I couldn't limp all the way from the commuter lot. If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'll briefly say that MSU has a campus with one of the largest land areas in the country; which means a lot of things are very very spread out and that generally involves a lot of walking. I carried a small pillow in my bag so I could prop my ankle up on the seat in front me. It was always an empty seat so I wasn't being rude.
I know from previous experience what a bad sprain is and this recent one, wasn't one. Yet, it was still a sprain. Did I keep dancing on it? What do you think?
How many votes for: "Of course she didn't, surely she rested it." ?
And for: "Of course she did, because she's a freak about her Zumba." ?
If your vote was for the second one, congratulations! I bought myself an ankle brace and wore it all day and night for many days in a row. With this on, I actually didn't notice much soreness and I was able to walk normally without issue (as opposed to hobbling or limping). For classes, I bought tensor rolls and wrapped my ankle good and tight each time. The extra support from the wrap was enough that I could do pretty much everything. Including jump, and this was important because Jae had only recently introduced Limbo (by Daddy Yankee). If you haven't done this one with Jae, I'll just say it's awesome and I love it and there's a lot of jumping. The only thing I had to watch for was my hips. Too much hip action in any given dance and my ankle would suffer for it; toning that down solved that problem
The ankle has been healing slowly but steadily. There have been things I've done that have set back the recovery but I think you would be surprised to learn that none of them have been Zumba related. With the way I wrap it for class, Zumba is probably the place I'm least likely to hurt it. Walking in my own front yard, I rolled my ankle and ouch. Getting the mail, I walked around behind the box which is on an incline near the ditch, I rolled my ankle and ouch. Somehow (don't ask because I don't know) I bruised my ankle in the exact spot and ouch. When this happens, I just ice it for an hour or so before bed and by the next day it feels much better.
Do I recommend that people do what I did and dance on an injury? No! No I don't recommend that. Depending on the injury, I wouldn't even recommend it to myself. Everyone knows their own body and what their limits are. Would I have tried to dance on my right ankle when I sprained it back at MSU? Absolutely not! I know what I can do, and what I can't. Although I did recently say to Jae that if I broke my leg on Tuesday, I'd be asking her on Wednesday if she knew how to teach Sentao
(Zumba with a chair). You're thinking wow, she really is a freak about
her Zumba... Yeah... I was joking, I already know Jae doesn't have that
Best advice: If you have an injury, don't do something that could cause further injury. Take care of yourself in whatever way is best for -you- and for the specific injury.