Monica, I read the article. The physical therapist mentioned in the article was my physical therapist after I had rotator cuff surgery. He is very good.
However, on another note, I agree that any group fitness class taught by someone who has little knowledge about anatomy and physiology and has not had the proper training is inherently dangerous.
I always felt that there was much risk with yoga and at my studio I do not teach it or offer it. I have seen and trained with way too many clients who have sustained injuries as a consequence of yoga.
This is far from novel to me.
Thanks for the article though.
You can probably replace the term ‘yoga’ for others when inexperienced instructors teach group exercise classes. Every form of exercise can wreck a body if there is a disconnect between the particular exercise and the person attempting it.
Group exercise is especially tricky because the instructors often know very little about the participants’ health history. Usually, we start with a disclaimer, pretty much saying ‘if it hurts, don’t do it’, and then off we go.
I also have to place some blame on the participants themselves. Some approach any form of exercise as a competition, and if the person next to them is doing ‘it’: by golly, they will, too.
Years ago, I heard an IDEA Presenter say that yoga injuries read like the Monday morning injury report of the NFL. Little has changed, and the article did not surprise me in the least.
I agree with everyone. The only thing that I might add is that even the best instructors will miss some things (poor form, bad technique, etc.) in a large group setting. All the cueing could be spot on, the instructors knowledge and education could be first class; however when the ratio is 20+ participants to 1 instructor, something is bound to slip by every now and then.
I like to keep my classes to 10 or fewer because of this. If I go higher than that, I like to bring in a second instructor to improve the ratio. Sure I make less money this way, but I feel better knowing my clients are getting the most attention possible in a group setting.