While the couples still have several weeks of practice ahead of them before Dancing with the Stars ninth season premieres with a two-hour performance episode on Monday, September 21 at 8PM ET/PT, the rehearsals apparently won't be as intense as in years past in an effort to prevent injuries.
"There's a rule now that we're not allowed to train for more than five hours a day for the first two weeks," Burke told E! News earlier this month.
"After every two hours, you have to have a 30-minute break. And we have to have one full day off a week."
Injuries plagued Dancing with the Stars eighth season this past spring, as singer Jewel and Access Hollywood co-anchor Nancy O'Dell were both forced to withdraw prior to the premiere after sustaining serious injuries while training for the reality dance competition.
In addition, Sex and the City star Gilles Marini injured his groin and subsequently needed surgery to repair a shoulder injury; Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak fractured his foot and was forced to wear a cast; and Steven "Steve-O" Glover suffered nerve damage in his back.
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