Etiology of musculoskeletal injuries in amateur breakdancers

T. Joka, N. D. Clarke, D. D. Cohen, A. Delextrat*

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    AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the incidence of musculoskeletal injuries in breakdancers and investigate the association with training habits. METHODS: Forty-six males and sixteen females completed a questionnaire regarding their training and competition habits (frequency, warm-up and stretching, strength training, protective equipment, move types and supervision) and the musculoskeletal injuries sustained as a result of breakdancing in the previous 12 months. The effects of training habits and sex on injury rates were analyzed by a Mann-Whitney Test and a Kruskal-Wallis Test, while a stepwise linear regression analysis assessed the link between injury rates and quantitative risk factors. RESULTS: The injury rate was 4.02 injuries per 1000 h, with no significant difference between males and females (P>0.05). The main injuries affected were the knee (23.4%) and wrist (15.3%), and females were characterized by a significantly greater number of finger injuries and a lower number of shoulder injuries that males (P
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1174-1183
    Number of pages10
    JournalThe Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - Oct 2015


    • Anatomy
    • Dancing
    • Exercise
    • Sex


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