Even doing yoga can expose you to risks of sustaining personal injuries of varying severity.
Common injuries when doing yoga
The most common injuries when doing yoga are injuries by slips, trips and falls. Slip, trip and fall injuries can, depending on circumstances, range from cuts or bruises to sprains or broken limbs and even back, neck or head injuries. Other common injuries include:
- Lower back problems: Keeping the legs too straight and rounding the back when going into varying forward-bending poses can result in bulging disks and other lower back injuries.
- Hamstring pulls: Ironically often the result of people trying too hard to prevent lower back injuries, hamstring pulls are common yoga injuries caused by pushing too deeply into forward bends.
- Knee tears: Another common injury while undertaking yoga, knee tears are often caused by the knee being twisted out of alignment while trying to do pigeon, warrior or half lotus poses.
- Wrist strains: Unless body alignment, arm balance and hand positioning are near perfect, positions like the ‘downward dog’ can cause wrist strains, especially in people who are also suffering from tender wrists or carpal tunnel syndrome due to computer work.
- Neck injuries: Perhaps the scariest injuries while practising yoga, neck injuries take a long time to heal.
Yoga-related neck injuries can be caused by:
- Placing too much weight onto the neck when going into positions like the head, shoulder or plough stand
- Flinging the neck back too far in poses like the upward dog or the camel
- Poor weight distribution (not putting enough weight on the arms) during inversions is also a common cause of yoga-related neck injuries.
Preventing yoga accidents
Most yoga class accidents can be prevented by:
- Attending a class suitable for your own level of experience with an experienced instructor who considers safety as important as testing your body limits
- Being mindful of your own ability and your body’s limits (if it hurts, stop)
- Watching your step to prevent injury by slipping, tripping or falling
Good yoga instructors will show how to achieve varying poses safely and offer props as and when necessary. Using those props goes a long way towards preventing accidental injuries.
Painful yoga experiences
If you were injured during a yoga class or by a trip, slip or fall, you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. Contact us at Accident Advice Helpline now for more information on making a personal injury claim. Our freephone number is 0800 689 0500 for calls from landlines or, if you are getting in touch via your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown