When inspiration leads to injury

Research shows that being inspired to get active by big sporting events can quickly lead to injury – here’s how to embrace your new-found enthusiasm pain free…

According to research revealed by the UK’s number one-selling pain relief brand, Deep Freeze, more than a quarter of Brits (28%) have injured themselves after being inspired to get sporty by a famous event*   

Wimbledon proved the most inspirational to spectators either watching in person or on the telly, closely followed by the London Marathon. 

Woah, slow down… 
However, with just as many of us leading an inactive lifestyle (participating in less than 30 minutes of activity per week), launching ourselves into a new activity (with little experience under our belts) can hasten injury.

Leading physiotherapist Sammy Margo says:

“While it’s great to see people getting into sport and exercise, I all too often see people getting injured because they haven’t taken the time to warm up and cool down properly and then getting re-injured because they haven’t taken the right steps to recovery.”

Here’s the plan!
So, if you’ve been inspired to take the court or pavement in search of health and fitness after witnessing the world’s finest in action, take note: 

> Spend 10-15 minutes warming up – cold muscles increase risk of injury, so this step is imperative. Complete a dynamic warm up to prepare before activity. Focus on muscles you will be working out in a series of stretches (e.g. leg swings if you are running) but be careful not to overstretch, as you run the risk of a strain.

> Apply a heat product – massage in a heat product like Deep Heat Muscle Massage Roll-on Lotion** https://www.deep-heat.co.uk/products/deep-heat-rollerball/ (£4.99) to help loosen and soften muscles so the move more easily.

> Keep the engine topped up – carbs are essential pre-exercise, so reach for something carb-dense like a banana before starting, and don’t forget to keep hydrated – topping up with little sips as you go.
> Spend 10-15 minutes cooling down – slow down gently to allow your heart rate to gradually fall, then invest in a few static stretches, placing the spotlight on injury hotspots, such as quads, calves and hamstrings. 

So, whilst we salute those who are inspired by the world’s most famous races and matches, we always advise them to curb their enthusiasm a little at the start. Nice and steady wins the race… 

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*Onepoll omnibus survey data of 1,000 UK adults aged 20+, September 2017
**Deep Heat Muscle Massage Roll-on Lotion is non-medicinal. It is specifically designed to provide targeted, warming relief to help ease tight, knotted muscles through the benefit of massage with heat therapy. Heat therapy helps to bring more blood (and accompanying oxygen and nutrients) to muscles – when combined with massage it helps: soften ‘knots’ in muscles, relax the muscle and soft tissue and helps muscles move and stretch more easily.