Injuries soar amongst competitive parents

Sales of painkillers have surged as parents battle to be first past the winning tape in the Parents’ Race, but in many cases while the spirit is willing the body is weak!

The sports day fixture has been increasingly popular since Princess Diana was photographed taking part in a Parents’ Race in 1989, and last week David Beckham won the dads’ race at his son Cruz’s sports day.

But for many parents a moment of glory on the school sports field results in sprains and falls, and high street stores are reporting increased sales of painkillers, plasters and bandages during June and July.  With keener parents wearing full sports gear, anyone who’s less than fit is being warned of the danger of taking school sports too seriously, The Telegraph reports.

Scott Shaw, medicine buyer for Co-operative Food, said: “Seeing just how competitive grown up mums and dads can be is quite an education. But pushing yourself too far can often result in a very painful lesson for parents. Everyone has a natural desire to prove to themselves that they are still young and fit, despite sitting in front of a computer all day. Unfortunately, in many cases, while the spirit is willing the body is weak.”

Have you seen over-competitive parents being injured in the Parents’ Race!?

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