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New Year exercise plans lead to injury

INJURIES caused by people trying to follow over-ambitious fitness regimes has led to a big increase in absence from work, according to new research.

The problem of excessive exercise regimes is causing headaches for employers having to deal with staff taking time off to recover, it was warned.

Physiotherapy provider Physio Med said over-eager fitness enthusiasts and sporting novices trying to get fit, especially after New Year's resolutions, were leading to an increase in injuries.

A survey of 2,000 physiotherapists in the UK found that appointments had increased by up to 50pc in recent weeks, mainly to deal with injuries related to exercise and sport.

Mark Fletcher, clinical director at Physio Med, said: "We may be well into 2012 now but our physiotherapists are continuing to see the effects of over-enthusiastic New Year fitness campaigns, as their appointment books fill up."