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"Medicina Sportiva" No.14 - 2008 The 15-th Sports Medicine Balkan Congress


Farago Monica Adriana
University of Oradea, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Physiotherapy Department, Oradea, Romania

Introduction. Many youngsters choose dance as a sport activity. Despite the risk of accidents, break-dance is a favorite because of the mastership it requires and the spectacular result. Injuries are common and often severe.
Materials, Methods. 11 break-dancers, members of a hip-hop club have been assessed. They followed a general clinic and locomotor evaluation; pain and dysfunction were recorded. If necessary, the subjects have been x-rayed and imagistic evaluated.
Results. The biological state was proper, considering sport performances, at all subjects; localized pain: at wrist - 8 subjects (72.72%), cervical spine - 7 subjects (63.63%), lumbar spine - 3 subjects (27.27%), recognized training or competitive activity injury - 5 subjects (45.45%). Fractures identified with X-ray assessment at: cervical spine - 1 subject (9.09%), carpal bones - 5 subjects (45.45%). None of the dancers used any medical aid at all.
Conclusion. Learning how to break-dance represents a challenge, requiring however special attention and measures of precaution. To avoid injuries, it would be necessary to expand the specialized controlled training to amateurs and professional dancers.
Key words: break-dance, injuries, controlled training.

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