National Mar 9, 2016

Chiba schools' 'kumitaiso' exercises led to 432 injury cases

Injuries from kumitaiso, a form of physical education in which people use their bodies to express shapes, including human pyramids, numbered 432 cases in the last fiscal year at elementary and junior high schools in Chiba Prefecture, officials said. Of the figure, 112 cases involved ...

Dangers of human pyramids lead to concerns over student safety

National Oct 6, 2015

Dangers of human pyramids lead to concerns over student safety

Eight students in Osaka Prefecture suffered broken bones during a three-year period at a public junior high school while practicing or performing kumitaiso, the gymnastic formation known as a human pyramid. Kumitaiso is a popular and long-running feature of sports events at Japanese schools, but ...