Increasingly, young athletes are heading to the emergency room, but they're not coming in with cleats after a contact sport, they're wearing tap and ballet shoes after dance practice.
We don't think of dance as a contact sport, but the number of severe dance-related injuries has increased by more than a third in the past decade.
Researchers from nationwide children's hospital in Columbus, Ohio examined 17 years' worth of dance injury data. According to Kristin Roberts with Nationwide Children's Hospital, the most common types of injuries were sprains and strains which accounted for about 50 percent of injuries.
Experts think the popularity of dance reality shows may have rubbed off on young people, increasing the number of dancers, and, consequently the number of dance injuries.
The best way to reduce injuries is to keep muscles limber, with stretching even while you're watching TV, or doing homework.
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