Re­duc­ing risk of yoga-re­lated in­juries

The Sun (Malaysia) - - LIFESTYLE -

RE­SEARCHERS in the US have found that al­though in­juries in yoga are not very com­mon, older par­tic­i­pants should take ex­tra care and ev­ery­one should find a qual­i­fied in­struc­tor in order to re­duce the risk.

Car­ried out by a team from the Univer­sity of Alabama at Birm­ing­ham, the study is the first large-scale ex­am­i­na­tion of yoga-re­lated in­juries.

The prac­tice is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar in Amer­ica, with the Yoga in Amer­ica Study, com­mis­sioned by the Yoga Jour­nal and Yoga Al­liance, re­port­ing that 36.7 mil­lion Amer­i­cans now par­tic­i­pate in yoga.

For their study, the re­searchers looked at data from the Na­tional Elec­tronic In­jury Sur­veil­lance Sys­tem, com­piled from 2001 and 2014.

The team found 29,590 yo­g­a­re­lated in­juries dur­ing the study pe­riod. Nearly half (46.6%) were in­juries to the trunk, with sprains or strains ac­count­ing for 45% of all in­juries.

They also found that the over­all rate of yoga-re­lated in­juries has in­creased in re­cent years, up from 10 per 100,000 in 2001 to 17 per 100,000 par­tic­i­pants in 2014.

As ex­pected, the in­jury rate also in­creased as the age of the par­tic­i­pants in­creased.

Those be­tween 18 and 44 years of age had an in­jury rate of 12 per 100,000, those age 45 to 64 saw an in­jury rate of 18 per 100,000, and those age 65 and above had the high­est in­jury rate of 58 per 100,000.

Com­ment­ing on the rea­son for the find­ings, first au­thor of the study Thomas Swain said: “We did find that the in­jury rate is in­creas­ing over time, which may be a re­flec­tion of the in­crease in pop­u­lar­ity of yoga, lead­ing to an in­crease in in­ex­pe­ri­enced par­tic­i­pants who do not take the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions to avoid in­jury.”

The authors ad­vise that as with other sport, those in­ter­ested in prac­tis­ing yoga should seek med­i­cal ad­vice from their physi­cian first to check that they are phys­i­cally ca­pa­ble and in good health.

A qual­i­fied, cer­ti­fied yoga in­struc­tor can help you with that assess­ment which is es­sen­tial to a safe ex­pe­ri­ence. – AFP-Re­laxnews

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