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December 28, 1984

Injury Caused by 'Break Dancing'

Author Affiliations

University of California, San Diego, Medical Center

JAMA. 1984;252(24):3367. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350240017020

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To the Editor.—  The current dance fad known as "break dancing" is characterized by spinning and tumbling movements supported by the arms, spinning toplike on the back, and forming a bridge supported by the head and heels. The surmise that "breaking" is likely to result in occasional injury is a correct one. We have seen what appears to be a specific injury related to break dancing and note several other injuries that have been treated by local practitioners.

Report of a Case.—  An 11-year-old boy complained of pain in the midback. His mother observed swelling in the area, and he was taken to a practitioner in Mexico, who aspirated blood from the mass. The patient was then brought to the University of California, San Diego, Medical Center.Physical examination results were normal except for swelling of the area between and adjacent to the dorsal spine of T-10 to L-1 measuring