...suffering on the slopes
The latest series of Channel 4’s winter sports show, The Jump, has already claimed its first victim, as one celebrity was ruled out with injury before the first episode aired.
With a long running history of causing serious injuries, the programme – dubbed the most dangerous show on TV – returned to our screens last weekend but what are the risks for the participating stars?
Explaining some of the risks of the slopes, Jonathan Thursby – Personal Injury Solicitor and keen skier – discusses calls for the show to be cancelled.
Two Injuries Before Episode One
Vogue Williams, a model, TV personality and DJ, was the first contestant to have to pull out of the show due to an injury, as it was confirmed she suffered a knee injury in training last week, a few days before the show’s first episode was set to air.
The socialite was replaced by model Amy Willerton, who was on stand by and trained alongside the main crew in case of injury or other unforeseen circumstances.
Announcing the injury via social media, Vogue Williams posted:
“So disappointed to be out of The Jump this year. I’ve had such an amazing time and met the best people whilst learning such a cool skill. My knee will heal and if the show comes back next year I’ll be in it to win it.”
Williams suffered her knee injury during training for the ski cross and, while she may have been the first to suffer an injury, she is not alone.
A few hours before the first episode was to air Sir Bradley Wiggins – Britain’s most successful Olympian – suffered an ankle injury.
While the injury was not serious enough to rule the cyclist out of the show, his training mishap resulted in his ankle having to be bandaged.
Even before these injuries the show was receiving negative attention over its treatment of its celebrity contestants, as it was revealed that the vomiting bug norovirus spread through the cast.
During a stay at an Austrian hotel for training the norovirus spread through the cast, causing some of the contestants to miss vital training sessions.
At the same time it was revealed by contestant and comedian Mark Dolan that all participants had been banned from drinking alcohol, as Channel 4 allegedly wanted this to be “the series of the show that involved the fewest injuries.”
Before taking part in training sessions the cast are tested to ensure that they are in a fit condition to take part and are not permitted to continue if they are found to be unwell or an unfit frame of mind.
The Jump gained its reputation as one of TV’s most dangerous shows after a number of former contestants suffered serious injuries during training and in the live shows.
Last series saw four celebrities injured, with the most serious cases involving Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington dislocating her shoulder and gymnast Beth Tweddle fracturing vertebrae in her neck, which resulted in a long-term rehabilitation that the three-time World Champion admitted had a serious effect on her psychological wellbeing.
It was against the backdrop of these serious injuries during the third series that some critics called for the show to be cancelled, however after some uncertainty Channel 4 confirmed that there would be a fourth series, claiming that that there had been a thorough review of safety procedures.
Commenting on the injuries suffered by celebrities participating in The Jump, Jonathan Thursby said:
“Winter sports are dangerous, even for professionals, so it’s no surprise that celebrities – who are all mostly beginners on the slopes – are suffering injuries.”
“Luckily, so far, it seems that the injuries suffered this series are not overtly serious in nature but we only need to cast our mind back 12 months to when Beth Tweddle fractured her vertebrae to see the serious and long-lasting damage winter sports injuries can have.”
“This show does highlight the precarious nature of winter sports, as these injuries are being sustained despite the fact that the producers would have put in stringent safety checks to minimise the risks to participants – most people who casually ski do not have the benefit of precautions such as these.”
“My advice to anyone watching at home would be to take it slow on the slopes, especially if you are still a novice, control can be lost in a second and the resulting injury can be serious in nature.”
Written by Jonathan Thursby.
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