Yoga not as safe as people thought: Study

The new data shows that the injury rate for those who practice yoga is almost 10 times higher than what has been previously reported. The expert believes that more interaction was needed between those in the yoga community and medical experts.

By: IANS | Sydney | Published:June 29, 2017 6:59 pm
yoga, fitness, fitness updates, fitness news updates, lifestyle news, Indian Express The study found that the incidence of pain caused by yoga is more than 10 per cent per year, which is comparable to the injury rate of all sports injuries combined among the physically active population.

Yoga’s appeal is growing in Australia and worldwide but new research released on Wednesday suggests it is not as safe as previously believed. A joint study conducted by the University of Sydney and the Mercy College in New York has found that 10 percent of people who practice yoga experience musculoskeletal pain while 21 percent of those studied experience further pain to existing injuries, Xinhua news agency reports.

According to a 2016 Roy Morgan poll, yoga, which originated in ancient India, is Australia’s fastest growing sporting or fitness activity, with over two million Australians participating regularly.

But one of the authors of the study which looked at injury rates for those who practice yoga, Associate Professor Evangelos Pappas from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Health Sciences, told Xinhua that his study was the first time that the risks of participating in the fitness activity had been outlined.

“We wanted to objectively assess the benefits of yoga in terms of musculoskeletal pain as well as the risks,” Pappas said.

“Our study found that the incidence of pain caused by yoga is more than 10 per cent per year, which is comparable to the injury rate of all sports injuries combined among the physically active population. However people consider it to be a very safe activity.”

The new data shows that the injury rate for those who practice yoga is almost 10 times higher than what has been previously reported. The expert believes that more interaction was needed between those in the yoga community and medical experts.

“Our study highlights the importance of very open and honest communication within the triangle of the yoga practitioner, the yoga teacher and healthcare professionals,” Pappas said.

The practice of yoga requires many complicated and strenuous poses. The study found that many of the injuries involved were isolated to the “upper extremities” of the patients (hands, elbows, wrists, shoulders), and suggested this could be due to the weight being placed on the limbs.

But Pappas made it clear that yoga was still a very effective tool to be used in conjunction with other therapies for the relief of injuries and pain.

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    Kirit Thacker
    Jul 3, 2017 at 8:28 pm
    If you practise under the guidance of a qualfied and experienced yoga teacher, the chance of injury is minimal, practcally 0 . Because of its popularity yoga has been subjected to misuse and abuse. Many persons have become yoga teachers without undergoing proper training and in the process yoga has been diluted, polluted and the quality compromised. This is theaon reason for increase in the incidence of injuries.
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    surjit
    Jun 30, 2017 at 1:06 pm
    Now these fake researchers will say that sports is not good for health as it will come up with injuries. The same way any physical activity like dancing, jogging where there is chance of injuries is not good for health. Just sit and eat and u will become healthy because chances of injuries will be none. Any outdoor physical activity done without care or proper supervision will surely come up with injury. So, highlighting those injuries as unhealthy stuff is fools work or may be another research sponsored by current corporate health/medicine industry.
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    Ganesh Jaguva
    Jun 30, 2017 at 10:16 am
    at last some rticle which puts some perspective on yoga. if you want to do yoga dont follow any indian book or indian guru.....most of the half baked will make you feel posture is more important than your comfort...u want to learn something really valuable then you will have to work on finding a proper guide.. i had some problems like wrist pain and neck pain after about 1 yr of doing.. it subsided when i stopped...today i do yoga and am more flexible than before...... so proper guidance is a must...if you want any book on yoga then light on yoga by bks iyengar will be a good start
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    Muna sinha
    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:09 am
    Yoga should be done under proper guidance.... and tell me why it didnt happened in india.... if yoga would would hv cause this problem then it should be first detect in india.... thnk u
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    Lovely
    Jun 30, 2017 at 4:35 am
    Complicated yoga should be done under expert supervision.
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    bitterhoney
    Jun 29, 2017 at 11:23 pm
    Before announcing 21st June as Yoga Day UN should have sponsored some research project under the World Health Organization (WTO) to study the pros and cons of yoga. UN should nullify its decision.
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    rudra
    Jun 29, 2017 at 11:11 pm
    The news by Xinhua. Jai ho communiston ki.
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    Rahul Dave
    Jun 29, 2017 at 8:35 pm
    Here comes the "Award Wapsi Brigade" and "Not in My Name Show".
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