I tried searching and haven't found any threads that answer my question, if there is one, please point me in the right direction. I've been fighting with neck pain/strain for a while now. Back in January at MAC, out of the blue I started to have excruciating pain on the right side of my neck. Turning from closed position to promenade relieved it temporarily, but as I continued to dance rounds, it got worse and came to the point that even turning from one side to the other took great conscious effort and was accompanied with pain. You can even see in some of the pictures the horrible grimace I'm making because it hurt that bad. I thought it was a one time occurrence related to a cold I was getting but the problem, while not as severe, hasn't gone away. Partner and I will often have to stop practice for five-ten minutes so my neck can reset. I've gotten many suggestions on ways to reduce it, changes to my position, etc but nothing seems to have lasting effects and quite a few of them make it worse. It happened during a lesson with my coach and his only suggestion was "to take care of myself". I know I am straining my neck, but based on the pictures/video I can't tell where my form is wrong to cause this. I've determined that it is my sternocleidomastoid (and possibly sometimes my splenius capitis muscle) that is hurting and it is brought on by spending more time in position without taking breaks, so especially during rounds or back to back dances. If we frequently stop to talk through things, it doesn't act up. Any tips or advice would be much appreciated, I'm willing to try anything at this point. If it's any help diagnosing the problem, here's a video from my last competition: It started to tweak during that round.