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Have you been to a circus before? When I was even younger than now, going to the circus and watching circus performers do incredible and intense shows was my favorite thing to do. Their amazing flexibility, balance, and athletic abilities always shocked me. But I had a question in my mind. Do circus performers get injuries from doing all these high demanding arts? I read an article to find the injuries circus performers must face, to learn more about my question, and to share this new information with you!
If you ever went to a circus, you would know that a circus performance is unreal. There are so many performers at the show; a circus show may include “clowns, acrobats, trained animals, trapeze acts, musicians, dancers, hoopers, tightrope walkers, jugglers, magicians, and unicyclists”. There are dances, performers walking on ropes or hanging from the ceiling jumping on other ropes, lions jumping through hoops, and performers bending in half or doing extreme poses that show their intense flexibility. Even if these sound and look fascinating to the audience, the performers are going through tough work additionally to this, they also must use “equipment and pair and group with other performers even more increasing the chances of injury” .
The performers in a circus show that have the highest injury rates are acrobats. Acrobats have to use whole body while performing. They fuse gymnastics, ballet, diving, dance, and even martial arts, in the end giving them the probably most difficult performances in a circus. It has been found that about 25% off all injuries from circus performers are spinal injuries [2, 4]. There are gender differences in these spinal injuries with male (15.7%) and female (18.3%) artists in training at circuses with spinal injuries . It has been reported 34.6% of injuries occurred in the lower extremity , particularly 22.2% of injuries occurred to the knee . Ankle injuries, muscle strains, sprains/ligament injuries, bone injuries including fractures are some of other type of injuries amongst circus artists in training.
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