This idea may help in the rehabilitation of people whose motor skills are damaged by stroke. The concept also suggests that athletes and dancers could continue to mentally train while they are physically injured.
There is nothing more stressful for a an athlete or dancer than the idea of injury. Competition for roles, preparation for exams or maintaining the position on a team, is always present. Whether one is a student or a professional, the calendar of events in a year of training, or company season, is always tight.
In performance careers, the fear of losing a role to an understudy has often kept dancers working with their injuries instead of resting and healing.
Losing a couple of months can be devastating. According to this concept, staying at home nursing an injury is even worse. It seems like that attending the environment of study or work is better. The brains enacts the skills required while observing, and the idea is that skill will therefore, not be lost. And if the metaphysical parallel is true, an injured professional or student continues to create a successful outcome, instead of focusing on the stress of being out of the activity.
Dr. Candace Pert, and Dr. Bruce Lipton have been saying for a long time that your brain does not know the difference between imagining doing something and doing it – and as all skills originate in the neural pathways – it seems best to continue using them, even if you are sitting in a cast or brace.
Fortunately education about, and prevention of dance and sports injuries is highly profiled now. Access to pertinent information is available to all thanks to the internet.
There is a wealth of data available on functional anatomy and pre-pointe training that is oriented to safe practice and injury prevention. Gain an extra advantage and learn all you can.