Model, acrobatic dancer, gymnast, stuntwoman – take one look at Tally Rodin's resume, and it's obvious she isn't slowing down any time soon.
At 18, Tally moved from Stouffville, Ontario, to Hollywood, California, to become a stuntwoman. The ambitious and multi-talented athlete said she couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
“Doing stunts is exhilarating,” said the now 21-year-old. “It all feels very natural to me.”
As a teen, she spent seven hours a day honing her craft, helping her to quickly gain numerous accolades in amateur and professional dancing, acting, martial arts, stunts and modeling for film, television and stage productions.
But Tally’s hard work almost came to a crashing halt after an unfortunate accident early in her career.
“I was practicing around my home on the grass when I landed a full back layout with 360 spin. I landed too far forward and felt and heard a snap or pop,” she recalled. “I collapsed to the ground. Right away I couldn’t walk. I thought , ‘Oh, my God, my foot’s broken.’ I was only 16 and had already started my career by teaching dance, gymnastics, and being a stunt person. I was devastated.”
“The MalleoTrain S was my life saver.” – Tally Rodin
Tally had a micro tear in the tibialis posterior tendon of her right ankle. It was her first injury. As fate would have it, just a week later she had a trip booked to Los Angeles to participate in an intensive dance workshop.
Once she could walk, though still in pain, she went straight to the studio and held off on performing almost every move that involved her right foot. At the competition, she froze her ankle with a gel and competed on it. She admitted it was the worst decision she ever made, resulting in even more excruciating pain.
“I then bought the cheap braces you get at a pharmacy, wore those in LA and just sat out when my ankle was in too much pain to handle. Other than that, I was using the R.I.C.E. technique (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) as much as possible,” she said.
But her ankle wasn’t healing. Tally’s father, Harley, went online to find a brace that could support his daughter’s ankle and help it heal. He discovered the Bauerfeind website and the MalleoTrain S compression brace. A local podiatrist confirmed that the support it provided was just what Tally needed.
“After using the product, I was very happy. It gave me a lot of relief, and every time it was on I stopped worrying about re-injuring my ankle,” said Tally.
It has been five years since her injury, but Tally is recovering. Along with wearing the MalleoTrain S, undergoing physiotherapy and one PRP injection (Platelet Rich Plasma), her professional days are looking brighter. She was back into her full training schedule in less than two years.
“I thought my acrobatic dancing and professional stunt work career was over,” said Tally. “The MalleoTrain S was my life saver because it provided the ankle support I needed to continue my extensive training program, and it allowed my ankle to heal. It fits perfectly and worked unlike any other product I previously tried. I’m looking forward to returning to my peak performance level, and I have incredible respect for the MalleoTrain S for saving my career.”
Keep up with Tally at her website to see her latest work and tell us in the comments: Have you experienced an injury that kept you from achieving your goals? How did you recover?