Friday, May 17, 2013
Zumba is still hot. But docs and trainers are seeing more related injuries. Ken Alltucker writes about unintended consequences in the AZ Republic, May 17, 2013.
The exercise craze (http://zumba.com)--a combo of calisthenics and salsa--can be hard on the knees and other joints.
One gal who tore a knee cartilage said she felt like she needed to cut o ff her leg.
It's the side to side movement, experts say--and the fact that those over 50 often take it up.
Another drawback is badly trained or inexperienced instructors.
Also, rubber-soled shoes can anchor the body while the joint turns.
Listen to your body, the experts say. If you feel an ankle or knee twinge, back off.
Start slow. Avoid the deep knee bends or lunges at first.
Ask about instructor training.
Wear dance shoes or others that don't grip the floor.
What is the floor made of? Avoid concrete, tile, carpet.
This is a fun way to exercise--you want to keep smiling, not cry.