A recent survey of 2000 people showed that 10% of people injured themselves running and was the leading cause of injury among women.
With a reported 2 million people running on a regular basis in the UK, it’s no surprise that the number of sporting injuries is on the rise with almost two-thirds of adults landing themselves in A&E.
It’s not all doom and gloom – here’s a wonderfully uplifting story about the power of running.
Sher Meekings is a keen athlete and runner who severely injured her knee while skiing in France. She underwent reconstructive knee surgery with Ramsay Health Care UK following the life-changing injury which damaged three ligaments.
The marathon runner and dedicated sportswoman was told she may never be able to run again.
She said: “It was a very scary injury, especially for a runner, well for anybody, but to me running is my whole life, so this was the worst news I could ever have been told.”
Having been a keen cross-country runner at school, Sher took up running again in her 40s to relieve the pressures of a stressful job.
In recent years her ability and dedication has seen her excel at regional half marathons, often coming top in her age category.
She explained: “Running is my first sport, skiing is a hobby I have taken up in recent years to do with my husband, It’s not something I would ever say I was a pro at.”
When another skier crashed into the back of her on the slopes, Sher fell awkwardly and tore all the ligaments from her knee joint.
She had two operations with Ramsay Health Care to repair her PCL, MCL and later her ACL.
Between the two operations Sher worked alongside Ramsay’s physiotherapists to help her get back to full health emotionally and physically and also befitted from hydrotherapy work.
Now, two years on, Sher is back to an excellent level of function and sport, surpassing even her surgeon’s expectations.
She said: “I am a real advocate of fitness in old age and I was not going to let this stop me. The older you get, you have to honour your body. You have to listen to it and be kind to yourself.”
Running is fast becoming the nation’s most popular sport with a record 386,050 people signing up for the London Marathon 2018, the highest number of applicants for any marathon in the world.
While running may seem more popular than ever, research carried out by Ramsay Health Care UK revealed that 62% of those asked were hospitalised because of their sporting pastime.
The survey of 2000 people showed that 10% of people injured themselves running and was the leading cause of injury among women, accounting for 35% of injuries along with gym workouts and aerobic classes.
With no courts, pitches, bats or balls running fits easily into modern life and its popularity can be seen in the success of informal events such as park runs and charity runs.
Those aged 50 and above are most at risk of harming themselves pursuing their hobby with 70% admitting to visiting A&E with sports related injuries and a further 43% having to take leave from employment.
The research also revealed that the average British worker takes 13.5 days off work to recover from a sporting mishap, with almost 30% taking up to two months to fully recovery from their injuries.
Mr Kumar Kunasingam, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Ramsay Health Care UK, sees many broken bones, injuries, fractures and dislocations caused by running.
He said: “Unfortunately, injury is unpreventable at any level and the important thing is to always listen to your body.
“If you feel pain, it’s not right and you should slow down or stop and seek medical advice. Simple problems can be solved quickly with an accurate medical diagnosis and intervention, if left, small problems can become much worse and lead to stopping activity all together.
“The key to recovery is seeking swift expert advice. At Ramsay Health Care UK, we have a team of medical professionals in this field including specialist muscoloskeletal radiologists and expert physiotherapists who work together to formulate a bespoke recovery plan.”