The vast majority of pole dancers do not pose a risk, according to a 2012 report by the International Pole Saver Federation (IPFS). The IpFS cited the dangers of falling and slipping in the high-heeled sport and concluded that pole dancing should only be used by the most healthy of individuals, such as people with a history of physical or mental illnesses. They also recommended practicing on a pole-safe surface if using an unsupportive pole.
However, in 2008, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a report which concluded that non-physically demanding activities such as pole dancing and dance rehearsal cannot be claimed as a “dangerous” activity under the law without evidence of impairment. The USPTO said this was due to the fact that they had no medical data showing these activities to pose a risk of injury, serious threat or impairment.
Another factor that has been identified as a threat to the health of pole dancers, is their exposure to toxic contaminants and pollutants. These include ozone, sulfur dioxide, lead and mercury. The IpFS concluded that in any case where a pole dancer is engaged in these activities they cannot use any kind of equipment of any kind such as a helmet or air-prod, air filter or filter cartridges to protect the health of their health.
Dangerous pole dancing activities
It was reported in 2009 that at the 2009 U.S. Pole Dance Championships in New York City three women were injured in pole dancing competitions, one of them after falling on her head while trying to stay airborne. The International Spinning Foundation, which promotes the sport of spinning, was called to investigate the incident. The foundation stated that they were aware that their “pole dance team” had not been using their apparatus for long enough to have a clear understanding of the risks involved. The foundation said that the safety features on the apparatus of these three women had been taken out of service due to the excessive use of the equipment within the “informational and social activities” of the sport.
However, experts in the health of those participating in the sport have warned that pole dancing is highly dangerous and should only be performed within limits that are recommended by a qualified instructor, according to The Guardian. They state that the dangers of pole dancing may manifest themselves after years of vigorous spinning practice, and require training to counteract potential dangers. They also have advised that pole dancing can be very dangerous at high angles or if the athlete is very skinny or tall.
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