It’s the trendy dance routine and fitness craze that has taken the world by storm and includes Cher among its allegiance of fans.
But scientists have now revealed Zumba - a Latin-inspired dance workout - is the most dangerous type of dancing. In a review of five popular forms of dancing, they found there is an average of 3.9 injuries for every 1,000 hours of Zumba. By comparison, the rate is almost four times lower for salsa (1.1 per 1,000 hours) - a lively style of dance that originated in Cuba. The study solely delved into the dangers of salsa dancing. Researchers at Coventry University led the trial, which surveyed 450 salsa dancers between the ages of 18 and 64. They were asked about how often they dance, if they do any other exercise and if they warm up beforehand.
Up to 22 percent of salsa dancers suffer at least one injury every year, according to the results of the study. This is compared to 14 percent of men. The injuries they received were most often caused by being stepped on by another dancer.