Emergency dept visits rise amoung young dancers

INJURIES among dance students are rising, with thousands being treated annually in US hospital emergency departments, an investigation shows.

In the first study of dance-related injuries using a nationally representative sample, researchers found sprains, strains and other injuries rose 37% among children and teenagers aged from three years up between 1991 and 2007.

“Adolescents are still growing into their bodies and as such often develop imbalances that can lead to injury,” said sports medicine athletic trainer Eric Leighton at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Research Institute in Ohio.

“It’s critical that intervention and injury prevention be made available to them.” 

Journal of Physical Activity and Health 2013; online 11 Feb