This article, entitled Zumba injuries are up – 5 ways to get your groove on safely, comes from partner site Fat Fighter TV.
When I first tried Zumba earlier this year, I was instantly hooked by the amazing music and fun moves, even though my hips needed a little help to sway to the beat! The hot fitness trend keeps getting hotter. But don’t let all the fun get in the way of safety, or you just might shake your groove thing straight to the doctor’s office.
A recent Consumer Reports (CR) article explains, if you’re new to Zumba and out of shape, the workout “can be like trying to run a marathon without ever having jogged around a track.” CR says doctors are seeing knee injuries requiring surgery, tears in the hip labrum, hip bursitis, ankle sprains, shin splints, heel spurs, and lumbar strain injuries from Zumba moves.
Who is most at risk? And how can you avoid Zumba injuries? FatFighterTV got the answers from CR’s medical adviser, Orly Avitzur, M.D.
FatFighterTV: Why do you think you are seeing an increase in injuries from Zumba?
Dr. Orly Avitzur: Zumba has gained popularity over the years and with more people doing it, there are more people getting injured.
FatFighterTV: Who is most at risk of getting injured?
Dr. Orly Avitzur: People who have not worked out before and start the strenuous exercise without gradual introduction, and older people who may have arthritic knees and hips or low back issues.
FatFighterTV: Do people underestimate Zumba as a form of exercise, hence increasing the risk of injury?
Dr. Orly Avitzur: It’s tremendous fun; more like a party than exercise, which is why it’s so wildly popular. So, yes, people tend to forget that they are putting too much torque on the knee or jumping and landing too hard. It’s wise to realize that it’s difficult exercise and that you can run into the same problems as weekend warriors who run or bike sporadically.
So what’s a Zumba exerciser to do? Here are 5 safety tips from Dr. Avitzur: