Yesterday, I strained my inner intercostal muscles - these are the ones in the ribcage that you use to exhale, cough and laugh. They engage with twists and side stretches, too, so you can imagine that they get a lot of action while hoop dancing.
Today I am resting as much as I can until I go teach a hoop fitness class this evening. I am pretty sure I can make it through the class with some good humour and a few Advil.
Tomorrow I have a five hour family show to work. I perform twice, lead some hoop games, and assist through the rest of the event with dance moves and whatever munchkin wrangling is required. All told, I'll be on site for about 8 hours.
I ran through the show and I can mostly do it, but not with the same vigour I had yesterday.
Does any one have advice about performance hooping while injured like this? Should I numb my body with painkillers, paste on a smile, and perform at 100%? (This seems like the more professional option) Is it better to go without medicine, feel the pain and throttle back when the nausea starts? (This seems like the wiser option)
The show must go on, as they say. What would you do?
I'd suggest taking something like ibuprofen to reduce swelling but only a small dose so you can still be aware. Perhaps even take it just after your show. Don't do 100%, ultimately it's not worth the damage you might do. I practiced all week for an open show at the EJC and my knee problem flared up again. Was it worth it... kinda, but not really.
Agreed. It's not worth it to risk further injury... Listen to your body and do moves that hurt less than the ones that really hurt. Maybe off body work feels better, or maybe more leg hooping?
Good to hear. Get lots of rest, take an extra day if you need to! Our bodies last longer when we are gentle and kind with them.