How to keep away from Zumba injuries
Last month we had three patients coming to our clinics, who had suffered injuries while doing Zumba. Interestingly, all had the same issue - pain in their knees.Interestingly, all had the same issue - pain in their knees.
Zumba is the closest you could get to having fun and having a cardio workout at the same time. And surely, it's popular! But like any other sport, there is a risk of getting aches and pains. How do you fix it? If you have no pre-existing conditions that have caused trouble in your knees earlier, you could easily prevent injuries during Zumba.
Tips to avoid Zumba injuries:
- Check your shoes – are they comfortable and not too tight?
- Do not use your running shoes for Zumba. Instead, go for shoes meant for cross-training or dancing ie. those with a flat base.
- Choose an appropriate level. Not all Zumba classes are equal. Some are designed for first-timers and beginners, while some are targeted at regulars.
- Minimise or best to avoid pivoting movements during Zumba. Make sure you are always keeping your knees pointing in the same direction as your toes.