Background and purpose: Little information exists regarding the association of yoga-related injuries with yoga instructor (YI) practice patterns. Therefore, this cross-sectional survey examined the screening and practice characteristics of YI and its relationship with yoga-related injuries. Methods and materials: YI from Northeastern US completed a customized web-based 57-item questionnaire. Results: The response rate of our questionnaire was 46%. In this study, only 8.8% of the YI reported physical performance screening and 33.7% of the participants did medical screenings with their clients. A binomial logistic regression analysis with the above variables revealed that adherence to training by YI (p = 0.031) and the use of Sun Salutations (p = 0.002) predicted lower yoga-related injuries in clients reported by YI. Conclusions: Reduction in client yoga-related injuries was predicted by YI adhering to their training and performing Sun Salutations in their classes.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Complementary and alternative medicine