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Dartford doctor sees increase in sports injuries since Olympics

One in five orthopaedic surgeons and physiotherapists say they have seen an increase in sports injuries following last year's summer of sport.

Thanks to 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and the British Lions, the sporting fever that gripped Britain last summer has been reignited.

But an orthopaedic surgeon from BMI Fawkham Manor Hospital in Longfield, near Dartford is advising people who begin a new sport to prepare first or face a potential injury later on.

Mr Mike Thilagrahjah said: “Not all amateur sports enthusiasts do the right medical checks before they start. It is great to see the positive impact that the success of last summer and the following achievements have had on us all, but there’s a serious issue if people haven’t given consideration to injuries that can occur. “

Running proved to be the most common with 55 per cent of those surveyed saying they have treated a patient for a running related injury.

Football is also injury prone, with 52 per cent of those surveyed treating someone who had been playing the sport, with rugby coming in third with 39 per cent.

Mr Thilagrahjah says people should make sure they are using the correct technique and equipment, ensure they warm up and cool down properly and stretch.

He also advised resting between training sessions, staggered training schedule and good nutrition and hydration.

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