Increase in Dance Related Injuries

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New research finds a troubling increase in the number of dance-related injuries over the past few years.

No parent expects dance to be a potentially injurious activity.  In fact, dance classes are promoted as a great way for children to keep fit, and also to increase self-esteem and social awareness skills among little children.  However, new research finds a troubling increase in the number of dance-related injuries over the past few years.

According to research conducted by The Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, dance injuries have increased by approximately 37%.  The researchers analyzed data involving children as well as teenage dancers over 17 years.  They found that dance- related injuries can involve more serious injuries and not just bruises and soreness.  In fact, many of these injuries were so serious that the children had to be rushed to the emergency room. Approximately 50% of the injuries that were studied as part of the analysis involved sprains and strains, and close to 50% involved injuries after a fall.

Over the course of the analysis of 17 years worth of data, the researchers found that more than 130,000 children and teenagers suffered injuries while dancing that necessitated a visit to the emergency department.  These injuries increased by approximately 37% over the study period.

In 2007, the researchers found that more than 1,000 children and teenagers suffered a dance -related injury and had to be treated in hospital emergency departments.  That works out to an average of approximately 23 children suffering an injury every day, and almost one dance-related injury involving a child every hour.

Dance classes for teenagers and young children have become extremely popular.  According to some statistics, in 2006, there were more than 6, 000 private dance studios in the country.  Approximately 3.5 million children took dance classes in school.

California premises liability lawyers are concerned that private dance studios may not be doing as much as they can to prevent dance-related injuries among children.


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