Yoga-related injuries on rise
Yoga is known for its many mind/body benefits: It releases tension, prevents injury,
creates more flexibility, adds strength and balance, and calms the mind. So, it’s hardly surprising that yoga practice among American adults increased 50 per cent between 2012 and 2017, according to a report released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What these new yogis may not be aware of is that, despite its reputation as a gentle, lowimpact practice, yoga carries risks, as with any exercise routine. The practice can exacerbate carpal tunnel syndrome, add instability to joints, and contribute to strains, sprains and tendinitis. A study published in 2016
in the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine reported that there were close to 30,000 yoga-related injuries seen in emergency rooms from 2001 to 2014, and that injuries per 100,000 participants grew from a rate of 9.6 per cent to 17 per cent. Despite its reputation as a gentle, low-impact practice, yoga carries injury risks. Tips to help you avoid injury at thestar.com/life