This past weekend, Dr. Matt Bulman spent some time with Sydney Trapeze School, where he observed the student circus performers and delivered a talk on circus injuries.
The epidemiology of circus injuries has been studied. Circus is a relatively safe sport, with an incidence of 0.3/1000hours. The vast majority of injuries are minor, requiring fewer than 3 days away from training. While there are some gender differences, the number 1 site of injury is the ankle; the second area of greatest injury is the combined cervical and lumbar spinal regions.
Dr. Bulman emphasized healthy movement through continued practice; effective coaching; and a lifelong pursuit of good movement.
He also went through a workshop on injury prevention on ankle sprains, as well as safe landing technique to prevent knee injuries, which are of great concern to teenage female athletes.
Circus is a fantastic way for children and adults to learn to move and develop their body to its fullest potential. It's also lots of fun.
One of the best ways that you can pursue a safe and healthy attitude towards exercise is to have fun. That's why we encourage you to take up any sport, activity or exercise that keeps you moving. But if for any reason you find pain or injury is preventing you from participating in the sport, we are hear to help you return to play as soon as possible. That is our view of chiropractic: a chiropractors role is to help keep you moving in a healthy way throughout life.