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A&E sees 15% rise in sports injury in run-up to Olympics

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Official NHS figures suggest that more people are taking up sport in response to upcoming international sporting events. 

There were 388,500 sports-related A&E admissions recorded between February 2011 and February 2012, which is a 15 per cent increase on the 338,200 patients admitted the previous year.

Peak times for sports-related admissions were found to be Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Over half of the patients were males between the ages of 10 and 29, more than 50 per cent of the cases required further examination via x-ray and 12 per cent were diagnosed with bone fracture.

The dramatic increase in sports injury is likely to be an indication of an increase in people participating in weekend sports. Experts believe upcoming sporting events such as the Euro 2012 football tournament and the London Olympics have inspired people to get active.

This is good news for Britain’s obesity crisis because, although exercise comes with the risk of injury, it also helps to prevent more serious conditions such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

Physical activity is vital for a healthy, happy life. If you have suffered from an injury as a result of physical activity, you may benefit from trying alternative therapy. To find out more about the wealth of therapies available for sports injury, please browse our Therapy Topics section. 

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