n International SportMed Journal - An overview of the epidemiology of aerobics injuries




Aerobics is a relatively new and still evolving, vigorous physical activity. This article presents a critical review of the literature relating to the epidemiology of aerobics injuries published from 1975 to 2000. Much of the early literature relates to high impact aerobics, whereas the later studies cover a range of aerobics variants. The significant methodological limitations of the existing studies are summarized. Injury rates are generally higher in class participants than in instructors. There is a predominance of injuries to the lower leg, with the shin being the most commonly injured body region. As a result of the continuing evolution of aerobics, ongoing epidemiological studies are needed, and these should differentiate between aerobics variants. Ideally, prospective studies of participants should be conducted, and the methodological limitations of the studies to date must also be addressed.


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