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Medics see rise in sports injuries across Sussex
Physiotherapists are reporting a rise in sports injuries across Sussex, as people inspired by the Olympics get more active.
Experts are treating numerous muscle strains and sprains among keen would-be athletes who are taking on too much before they are ready.
They are now urging people not to overdo things or they may find themselves in a hospital accident and emergency department.
Dawn Buoy, from the Body Rehab Studio in The Drive, Hove, said she had seen a few patients coming in who had been doing more than they were ready for.
She said: “We have had a lot of people suffering from cycling injuries.
“With the Tour de France and the cycling team doing so well at the Olympics, a lot of people have been getting out and about themselves.
“Most people can get easy access to a bike but they need to be careful and pace themselves.
“It is important that whatever the sport, people warm up properly, cool down properly and have all the right equipment.”
Physiotherapist Lee Barnett, from The Clinic on The Level in Brighton, said: “The Olympics have been great news for sport and have generated a lot of interest which can only be a good thing.
“However it is important that people take a closer look at what type of sport they are interested in and how well it will work for them.”
Physiotherapists at BMI The Esperance Hospital in Eastbourne said they had seen a 20% rise in people suffering from injuries as they tried to emulate their medal-winning heroes.
Manager Ruth Brown-Little said: “The fact that more local residents have been inspired by Team GB and other sports heroes is fantastic and truly highlights the legacy the games could have in Eastbourne and across the UK.
“While we wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from becoming more active or taking up a sport, it is widely acknowledged that newcomers to a sport or exercise are significantly more likely to be injured than individuals who have been training for many years.
“Experienced athletes are stronger and more coordinated than beginners.
“If people are inspired by the Olympics, Team GB or any of this summer’s sporting events, it is advisable they speak to a GP, physiotherapist or medical professional before embarking on an exercise regime – especially if it’s been a while since they’ve done anything strenuous.”