James Van Der Beek revealed on Instagram that he suffered an injury after jumping off the stage during a performance of an energetic jive on Dancing with the Stars. The injury reportedly occurred during the show's November 11 episode.
The actor and his professional partner Emma Slater performed the dance as part of the theme for Week 9, "Girl group, Boy band." The couple's routine was accompanied by a live performance of the 1976 Pointers Sisters tune "I'm So Excited."
Although he appeared not to have been experiencing any struggles throughout his dance with Emma, the former Dawson's Creek star explained in a November 17 Instagram post that it was the first day he could dance without pain in his left knee.
James also gave himself a well-deserved pat on the back for pushing himself to his personal limits as a dancer.
He revealed on Instagram that he was "proud of his 42-year-old" body and encouraged his followers to never put limits on what they think they can do. James also explained that being patient with your progress when you try something new is the key to overall success.
James also noted on the social media site that he believes jumping off the stage in Cuban Heels was what caused the injury. The shoes, primarily worn by male ballroom dancers during competitions, have a heel that is 1.5 inches high, according to Arthur Murray Dance Centers, a leading dance school in Washington, D.C.