Saturday, February 11, 2012
Yesterday at Zumba, we had a woman that fell while doing a routine. The Athletic director called for a ambulance. She was in her mid 80’s and I was told that they thought she may have broken her wrist. I know her and she is a friend of one of my neighbors, so I checked with her this morning, she dislocated her wrist and has lot of pain in the same arm. It could have been worse.
The reason she fell was probably due to the shoes she was wearing and she did have tennis shoes on. After she fell, the teacher talked to us again on the need to wear the proper shoes. If someone comes to Zumba with shoes that don’t lace or have Velcro, they are not permitted to participate. Most of the people wear tennis shoes or a type that doesn’t have a smooth sole. The kind of moves we make with turns and twists cannot be done smoothly with the wrong shoes. A sudden stop can create a fall or put strain on the knees. He spent about 10 minutes explaining and strongly recommended again, the need to have either dance shoes or as he explained they do make Zumba shoes. In our class, there are 3 women that have the Zumba shoes. Most, like me, wear some type of tennis shoe or as I call mine, walking shoes. My walking partner also does Zumba with me and we have discussed the idea of getting the proper shoes but have not.
Zumba is a wonderful exercise; our clubhouse offers 6 free classes a week. I take 3 classes. Our instructors are all licensed to teach Zumba and make the class fun. My class averages 50- 75 people and most of us are over 65. If you haven’t tried it, look for a class in your area, and try it.
So, if you do Zumba, consider the idea of getting the proper shoes.