REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION OF DANCE SPORTS INJURIES IN LATIN DANCERS
Emine KUTLAY1, İlkşan DEMİRBÜKEN2, Seher ÖZYÜREK2, Salih ANGIN2
1School of Physical Education and Sports, Ege University, İzmir, Turkey
2School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Dokuz Eylül University, İzmir, Turkey
Keywords: Latin dancers, dancing injuries, injury location, periodicity of injury, physical fitness
The aim of this study is to assess the location, type and occurrence periods of dance injuries in latin dancers. A total of 40 latin dancers (20 from each gender) who were aged 24.5 ± 6.2 yrs (13 to 39) took part in the study. Some of the questionnaires were delivered during a national competition, and some via e-mail. It was observed that 65% of dancers have had an injury; 55% being affected in their lower extremities, 27.5% in the trunk and spine area, 20% in their upper extremities, and 5% in the head region. A detailed classification of the injuries will be given and discussed. Lower extremity injuries occur more frequently in Latin dancers from each gender.