Darren Gough endured a difficult time in Innsbruck, clocking up a number of injuries along the way in the Channel 4 celebrity winter sport challenge. The show itself saw the withdrawal of two separate celebrities following injuries though Darren persevered with his ailments only to be knocked out by Sir Steve Redgrave in the jump challenge.
Darren Gough clocked up a host of injuries to keep the shows physio
team busy in Innsbruck, with ankle, knee and shoulder injuries to name
but a few. He worked hard and pushed himself, often resulting in falls,
trips and slips.
Winter sports in general can be dangerous, though
it is the extreme element and adrenaline rush which attracts millions
to the slopes each year knowing that sports injuries are something that
might happen without it getting in the way.
Here are some of the injuries which Darren endured during his time on the show.
falls on the ice can cause damage to the hip, resulting in bruising and
inflammation which can hinder you mobility. Continued damage and
injuries to the knee joint can work against you in the long run,
potentially increasing the risk of degenerative conditions such as
Osteoarthritis of the knee which can even lead to a knee replacement
being required in the future.
In the majority
of cases a cracked rib should repair given an appropriate amount of rest
though it is important to protect the chest following such an injury to
avoid further damage being caused as in exceptional circumstances it
can lead to serious lung problems. It can take up to six weeks for the
bone to heal and it can be quite painful to breathe during this time,
though painkillers can be taken to help during recovery.
the excessive number of falls and crashes experienced on the slopes and
in the skeleton it is no wonder why Darren Gough has a bruised
shoulder. Continued impact to the shoulder region can cause bruising
which in turn will affect your mobility and even stop you from raising
your arm above your head.
Ice is a great way of helping to manage
inflammation and soothing the pain, though a shoulder support works by
applying continued compression to the affected area to help manage
inflammation which can help to enhance mobility of the shoulder.
are varying types of shoulder support products available depending on
the specific condition you wish to manage, whether offering compression
or immobilisation of the joint. Following impact damage where rest is
required an immobilisation brace with protect the joint from unnecessary
movement. Any injury to the ligaments of a joint can impact on its
stability, making it difficult to apply weight on the joint, therefore a
support can be worn using straps which act as external ligaments,
thereby giving you the extra stability you require to remain mobile.
majority of sports injuries are self-limiting conditions in that you
should expect to recover following a few days of rest. The RICE
principle can be adopted in most cases, with rest, ice, compression and
elevation of the injured area. Whilst res is the best form of treatment
for the majority of sports injuries,
you can use ice and compression to help manage any inflammation and
pain experienced. A sports brace such as a shoulder support can be worn
during your recovery to help you remain active despite still having
instability in the joint.