COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Dance-related injuries in children and adolescents are climbing, according to the first national study to track injuries of this kind.
Researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital analyzed data over a 17-year span and found that injuries among young dancers have increased by 37 percent.
The study, published in the February edition of the Journal of Physical Activity & Health, stated that in 2007, more than 8,000 young dancers were treated in emergency departments across the U.S. That’s about an injury per hour, every hour of every day.
With several popular dance-themed television shows and even dance-related video games, the popularity of dancing has surged in the U.S., which could be contributing to the higher number of injuries.
In an effort to better treat and train young dancers, the sports medicine experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital have developed the Dance Injury Prevention Program, one of only a few such programs in the country.
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