Union gives useful advice for the Christmas office party

THE PHYSIOTHERAPISTS’ union are urging festive season revellers to take it easy as a new poll shows more than half of 18-34 year olds admit to having been injured on a night out.


Some 52 per cent of the 1,038 people in this age range surveyed for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy said they had suffered an injury “as a result of drinking too much or partying too hard”. 

  • Nearly one in ten (8 per cent) said they had broken a bone, while 14 per cent had suffered a head or facial injury.
  • A fifth (21 per cent) of those injured were admitted to A&E, and seven per cent needed physiotherapy.
  • More than a quarter (27 per cent) of the people responding to the survey had missed work or academic studies because of a mishap on a night out – 11 per cent had missed at least a week. 

The most common injuries were ‘bruising or cuts’ (43 per cent) and ‘soft tissue injuries’ (22 per cent), which includes damage to muscles, ligaments and tendons. Respondents could tick more than one injury if applicable when answering the survey.


Just 46 per cent of 18-34 year olds surveyed said they had never suffered an injury on a night out. Two per cent chose not to say.


Chartered physiotherapist Sammy Margo believes the results are a concern as we head into the festive party season.


“The festive season is a great time of year but it can easily be ruined in an instant,” she said. “This survey shows that too many young people are waking up with problems that can’t just be slept off.

“There are simple, practical steps you can take to avoid becoming an injury statistic, but ultimately it’s about having fun in a responsible manner.”


Sammy’s advice to people heading out to their Christmas party includes:

  • Think about your footwear. For women, this can mean taking a pair of flat-soled shoes to switch into for the journey to and from your venue.
  • Plan your journey home to avoid walking long distances (particularly in high heels) and in icy or wet conditions.
  • If you do get hurt, NHS Direct can help assess what treatment may be required. The number is 0845 46 47.
  • Also apply the PRICE principle of Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
  • If the pain persists for 24-48 hours, go and see your GP or self-refer to physiotherapy. Private patients can visit www.csp.org.uk and use the Physio2u tool to find a local physiotherapist.


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