Unfit parents risking injuries on sports day

Egg and spoon race is the main culprit for injuries in the parents’ races


If you’re one of the mums or dads puffing and panting over the finishing line in the parents’ race at your child’s sports day this summer, you’re not alone.


A survey by AposTherapy has found 50% of physiotherapists have had to treat parents injured from school sports day races.

And it’s the highly competitive egg and spoon race which is causing havoc amongst parents, with ligament damage, strained calves and hamstrings the common injuries suffered by mums and dads competing for the parents’ race crown.

Sprints and the three-legged race are also an issue, as out of shape parents go head-to-head with other mums and dads to impress the little ones cheering on the sidelines.


Over half of parents are set to attend school sports day this summer, so if you’re one of them, remember to limber up before collecting your egg and spoon, and don’t push yourself too much – it’s meant to be fun!

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