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'Dancing' with the stars? More like recuperating with them.

March 15, 2009 |  3:58 pm

Injuries bedevil the ballroom dance show. All that grace comes with rigors.
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The show is about dancing, for heaven's sake. How dangerous can it be? Consider this: Before Season 8's "Dancing With the Stars" debuted last week, two celebrity contestants were already on the injured list and off the program.

"Access Hollywood" co-anchor Nancy O'Dell suffered a torn meniscus, requiring surgery, and singer Jewel sustained fractures in both tibiae (shinbones). But wait, there's more: In the current cast, actor Gilles Marini reported a left shoulder injury and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has injured his foot, according to an ABC spokesperson, and was recently photographed wearing a removable cast. And ballroom may have gotten the best of Steve-O, survivor of innumerable outrageous "Jackass" stunts. In a statement he released last week, dancing may be responsible for torn muscles causing inflammation and pinched nerves in his back.

They join a growing and almost alarming list of the show's previous celebs-turned-dancers who have been injured during practice, rehearsals or taping: Olympic volleyball player Misty May-Treanor ruptured her Achilles tendon, actor Christián de la Fuente ruptured his biceps, actress Susan Lucci sprained her ankle, and singer Marie Osmond fainted on stage.

Read the full story here.

-- Jeannine Stein

(Photo: Nancy O'Dell arrives at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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