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Was It Unsafe for Injured Melissa Rycroft to Dance on DWTS All-Stars? You Tell Us

It’s just a dance show! Yes, Dancing With the Stars All-Stars is an awesome dance show — and once people start, they get super competitive and don’t want to let themselves, their partners or their fans down. But it’s still just a dance show, with a cheap Mirror Ball trophy prize that might actually choke your children. Celebs and pros get injured all the time on DWTS and they are applauded for soldiering on like troopers, but it may not always be a good idea. Maybe the ends (a high score, a potential win) don’t justify the means (potentially making things worse for your body). Your health has to come first, right?

Not every injury is the same, but this week Melissa Rycroft ended up with a disc herniation at the C4-C5 level of her cervical spine. The injury happened during Team “Call Me Maybe” rehearsals on Sunday, and it was severe enough that EMTs came to take her to the hospital. Melissa only got clearance to dance a short time before the show. She did a great job in the Freestyle and also seems ready to do her Tango tonight with Tony Dovolani. But it’s not like this is a thing of the past; Melissa herself admitted, "This potentially can be a big injury."

It’s everyone’s job to know their own bodies (and trust their doctors’ advice) but we can imagine it’s especially hard for DWTS All-Stars competitors to scale back when they look around and see everyone else amping things up further. Do you think Melissa should be dancing this week or would you be taking a seat on the bench for safety’s sake?

Watch Melissa in the “Call Me Maybe” Team Freestyle below.

Catch a new episode of Dancing With the Stars Season 15: All-Stars on Tuesday, October 23 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Gina Carbone is a contributing writer at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @ginacarbone.

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10.23.2012 / 09:32 PM EDT by Gina Carbone
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