Melissa Rycroft Injury: 'Dancing With The Stars' Frontrunner Was Fatigued Before Fall [VIDEO]
Melissa Rycroft of "The Bachelor" has been released from the hospital after being quickly admitted on Sunday afternoon when she sustained a head injury during rehearsals for "Dancing With The Stars: All Stars." Her husband, Tye Strickland, and dance partner, Tony Dovolani, accompanied her to the hospital where she was treated for head and neck injuries. Sources at CBS said she was practicing the tango when she fell.
With mounting competition going into week five, the mother of one was feeling sluggish and pressured, she told Entertainment Tonight. "I think everybody's tired at this point," she said recently. "Last week especially for Tony and I, it was a rough week on our bodies. That jitterbug - the jumps [and] landings for me especially -- the joints took an awful lot of hits. They're trying to recover, but at the same time, I'm not letting them recover cause we're going right back in."
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The concern among family and friends is that Rycroft is pushing herself too much. Like athletes, dancers are more prone to a second injury when they are fatigued or have weakened muscles. The reality star has been getting rave reviews from judges each week, but the 29-year-old admits that since giving birth to her daughter, Ava Grace, last year her body isn't as flexible.
"I think Tony and I noticed right off the bat that my body is very different than it was," she told People. Rycroft, who used to be a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, says that her muscles just aren't moving the same way since giving birth. "Not necessarily shape-wise, but in how it moves, and how - more importantly - it doesn't want to move anymore. I think my hips are mad at me from what they went through. The flexibility is gone. I'm fighting a little bit more, but you know, we'll get there."
If doctors say it's OK for Rycroft to dance tonight, she and Dovolani will perform two dances, with a freestyle team routine including Shawn Johnson, Sabrina Bryan, Apolo Ohno and their partners. This week's episode will be formatted differently. In light of the presidential debate, there will be two one-hour shows Monday and Tuesday. Couples will dance twice this week, putting added pressure on Rycroft's already-weakened muscles. On Monday night, four couples will do routines to their "guilty pleasures" songs. The other four couples will dance freestyle in a team. Then they will reverse on Tuesday night.
Though Rycroft has always been confident, she knows her weaknesses. "Technically I'm not as perfect as some of the others," she said. "I look more messy. But I think I have a great personality. Tony and I turn the routine into a performance. Week one, we put on a scene from "Chicago," a Broadway show. That's where Tony and I can capitalize on our strength, our ability to entertain people."
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