1 in 10 Brits injured while gardening!

Last Updated: Apr 30, 2010, 15:16 PM IST

London: Around 10 percent of Britons have injured themselves while gardening, says a research.

This is four times as many as those who suffered on the ski-slopes, added the study, published in advance of the Mayday weekend.

DIY had a similarly high casualty rate with 1 in 20 enthusiasts hurt whilst repairing their houses, more than those harmed whilst horse riding or rock climbing, reports The Telegraph.

Carried out by AposTherapy, a new therapy to help people cope with chronic joint pains, the study found that walks in the country led to more accidents than mountain biking.

Dr Peter Mace, assistant medical director of Bupa, which provides the therapy, said: “Anyone planning to spend time gardening or decorating this weekend should remember that they may be using muscle groups and joints they haven’t exercised in a long while.

“There are simple precautions people can take to avoid injury and the onset of a chronic condition. For instance simple stretching and remembering correct posture can make a massive difference.”