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Prevention is better than cure

Self-preservation and indeed wellbeing are normally fundamental human instincts or goals. Achieving wellbeing can be a challenge; however, life teaches our minds and bodies what works (and does not work) for a person over time. Proof as they say is personal. We are all individuals, and each have our own preferences. It would be a rather dull world if we were all identical in approach and attitude. Understanding personal risks is important and preventing physical harm can be a real motivator that affects each of us every day.

A large part of being a physiotherapist is to help individuals recover from an injury. Often these injuries are minor and easy to fix, but sometimes people present in clinic having sustained a significant injury, with more complicated issues, which can be life changing or life limiting. No one wants to receive a phone call that a person they know has sustained a head, neck or back injury, especially if the injury could have been prevented.

The aim of this blog is to look at some easy things to consider when undertaking activities such as cycling and swimming/diving, and also some more general guidance we should all follow. Some of these points are obvious, but good reminders.


  • Make sure you wear an approved helmet and that the strap is closed and tightened

  • Do not put a child who is less than one year old on a bicycle

  • Maintain a distance of 3 metres from any parked cars

  • Do not wear headphones

  • Obey local traffic regulations

  • Never hold onto a moving vehicle

  • Use hand signals to indicate if changing direction


  • Do not dive into water less than 12 feet deep

  • Follow all rules and warning signs at water parks, swimming pools, and public beaches

  • If you are unsure of the depth of a pool, always enter from the shallow end

  • Never push or shove anyone into the water

Further pointers:

  • Securely fasten your seat belt whilst in a motor vehicle

  • Make sure you wear the appropriate protective gear and use the appropriate protective equipment specific to your activity or sport

  • When playing contact sports, never lead with your head or helmet

  • Reduce trip hazards in or around the house of any older adult who has reduced balance reactions or is prone to tripping or falling

Acknowledgments please to Miss Vivian Anne Elwell and her presentation on Cervical Sports Injuries at a recent event which was helpful in preparing the pointers above.

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Please do take time to think about your own wellbeing and personal care. We are here to help with your physiotherapy and massage / reflexology needs. If you are interested in our services feel free to call us on 07309 272 555 or email Life Made Simple - expert physiotherapy in Guildford and Surrey.

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