Report: Marching band as tough as sports

June 2, 2009 2:17:17 PM PDT
Fatigue, muscle soreness and injuries are often associated with competitive sports and athletics. New research finds that marching in the band can be as tough as playing sports. Many marching bands have become highly choreographed visual shows requiring strenuous physical activity. More than 38 percent of high school band members surveyed said they suffered an injury as a direct result of playing in marching band.

Ninety-five-percent reported muscle soreness or stiffness after practice.

The report presented at the American College of Sports Medicine's annual meeting calls for safety guidelines and better training for marching band members.