In Wednesday's Healthier Me, contact sports like football and soccer receive a lot of attention as hard-hitting, concussion-causing, injury-inducing activities; yet young athletes are increasingly heading to the emergency room wearing not cleats... but tap and ballet shoes.
Researchers from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, examined at 17 years' worth of dance injury data.
Kristin Roberts, MS, MPH, 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 the number of dance injuries. Laura Diveglio, an instructor at the Carolina Dance Academy, has seen her share; a dancer since the age of five, she's suffered three badly sprained ankles and nursed a number of hurt dancers during her career, including broken toes caused by ballet pointe shoes. She tells her dancers they can reduce injuries by keeping muscles limber.