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Look At What Cirque Du SoLeil Athletes Do To Stay In Shape

Story By: Larry Stine



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Pro football players take the field for games at least 16 times per season. For hockey and basketball players, that number goes up to 82, just about double that for baseball. For most people, that sounds exhausting, but for Cirque Du Soleil acrobats, dancers and their trainers, it's child play, Susan Hendricks has more in today's Health Minute. "We go up to 478 times a year," says Kerry Gordon, a Cirque Du Soleil dancer. "There is no off-season, there is no opportunity to say we can just do this until after the playoffs." Performing that hard, that often, can wear an athlete's body down, and put them at risk for injury. "there's the challenge of overuse injuries, chronic in nature for people that do the same exact thing over and over," Gordon says. And that's why Cirque Du Soleil employs a coaching and rehabilitation staff that rivals that of most professional sports teams. "Locally, in Las Vegas, here I have a staff of five strength and conditioning specialists and nine Pilates instructors, that work closely with our coaches here to implement programs here for our artists each show, within their theater, has their own training room and their own set of equipment that meets the needs of that particular show," says Bryan Burnstein, a Cirque Acrobat. Another challenge, says Gordon, what to do when an athlete gets benched. In football when your running back goes down, you just go and get the next fastest thing out there," Gordon says. "There is no draft to go find somebody that rides a bike on top of a high wire with someone that does a one-arm handstand on top of their head." Because after all, the show must go on.

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