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Dance-Related Injuries On the Rise Among Adolescents

Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.

From 1991 to 2007, the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has observed a 37% increase in dance-related injuries. A new infographic published by the researchers provides key insights for parents of children and adolescents who participate in dance. We’re reposting the infographic today on the Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics blog. Here’s what Houston parents should know…

At a Glance… Dance Injuries On the Rise

    • Dance-related injuries have increased by 37% from 1991 to 2007.
    • 23 children or teens are treated in U.S. emergency departments for dance-related injuries each day.
    • From 1991 to 2007, more than 113,000 dancers (between the ages of three and 19) were treated in U.S. emergency departments.

The Most Common Dance Injuries

The most common dance-related injuries are…

    • Sprains and strains (52%)
    • Falls (45%)
    • Broken bones (14%)
    • Bumps and bruises (14%)

Where Injuries Occur Most Often

Injuries occur most frequently in the lower extremity (58%). Twenty percent of injuries occur in the upper extremities, twelve percent of injuries occur in the head, and nine percent of injuries occur in the trunk. Other key findings from the researchers…

    • 21% of injuries occur in the ankle
    • 17% of injuries occur in the knee
    • 12% of injuries occur in the foot

Risk of Injury Increases With Age

Four out of 10 dancers injured were between the ages of 15 and 19. Here’s how injury rates break down among age groups:

    • Ages 15-19 (41% of injuries)
    • Ages 11-14 (38% of injuries)
    • Ages 6-10 (17% of injuries)
    • Ages 3-5 (4% of injuries)

How Dancers Can Stay Safe

Here’s what dancers can do to minimize their risk of injury and stay safe in the dance studio…

For additional information about dance injuries, check out this recent post on the Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics blog about dance injury prevention.

Dance Injury? See a Houston Sports Medicine Doctor.

Need an evaluation or treatment for a dance injury? Schedule an appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics by calling (713) 756-5546. You can also schedule your appointment online.

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.