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From Theme Parks to Sports Fields

What are the hidden dangers?

Leading an active lifestyle is something that we are told is the key to good health and long life. However, any activity that entails exercise can also lead to injury in some cases.

From faulty machinery through to simply not doing exercises in the correct way, there are many ways in which we can hurt ourselves in the pursuit of maintaining a healthy body. From theme parks to sports fields, what are the hidden dangers that might do more harm than good?

Children's rides

Researchers from the Centre for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the USA, examined injuries to children that had been caused by rides at amusement parks, fairs and festivals. In the ten years from 1990 to 2010, 92,885 children under the age of 18 years were treated in United States emergency departments for amusement ride-related injuries

The study found that the head and neck region was the most frequently injured, followed by the arms, face and legs. The injuries were most likely to be sustained as the result of a fall or by either hitting a part of a body on a ride or being hit by something while riding. If this is the case, then it may be worth contacting Injury Lawyers 4U to see whether you (or your child) are entitled to compensation.


'Runner's knee' refers to a dull ache around the front of the kneecap or a sharp pain below the kneecap. It is usually the result of the weight of the body pounding down repeatedly on the knee whilst running or jogging. Older people who are just taking up running can be particularly prone to this.

As with any other injury, it is important stop doing anything that aggravates the pain and to focus on recovery. You should then only start running again with a schedule that slowly builds muscle strength around the joint.

Tennis elbow

Playing racquet sports isn't the only way to get 'tennis elbow'; other activities such as fencing and weightlifting can cause the dull ache on the outside of the elbow, and sharp pain from picking something up, even if it’s as light as a coffee cup.

Resting, applying ice compresses and elevating the joint are the best treatments. Acupuncture can also reduce pain and physiotherapy will help stretch and strengthen forearm muscles to stop a recurrence.

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