How To Avoid Common Zumba Injuries

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Zumba is a great way to dance yourself into great shape, but according to a number of doctors, the popular fitness class can also cause a lot of damage, if done incorrectly.

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“I’m seeing a number of injuries,” says Dr. Orly Avitzur, a neurologist and Consumer Reports medical adviser who recently wrote that she’s seen an uptick in Zumba-related injuries. “There’s so much side-to-side movement that you really need to synchronize your hips, your knees, your feet and your ankles so they’re going in the same direction,” says the neurologist. “If you move in one direction and the joint doesn’t go with you in that direction, it’s a setup for injury.”