Festival-goers get health warning ahead of Oxegen

OXEGEN festival-goers have been issued with a health warning about the dangers of enjoying themselves too much this weekend.

Pain-free partying is possible, according to the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Northern Ireland, who have just produced a festival survival guide for music fans.

Chartered physiotherapist Spencer Turvey said festival-goers should take a few simple precautions to ensure too much pleasure does not lead to pain.

“Camping, long days walking around the site, standing up for long periods and dancing in crowded conditions can prove tiring as the event progresses,” he said.

Dancing is a form of exercise but could lead to muscle and joint strain for those who are not physically fit.

“If you are in a large crowd there is a risk of being barged, knocked or body-surfed over which can also cause injury,” he warned.

Unfortunately, rain is predicted for this weekend and festival organisers are urging revellers to bring their wellies, waterproof clothing and bags in order to keep their possessions dry.

Mr Spencer warned that the rain could turn the ground boggy, increasing the chances of slips that could lead to groin and hamstring stains.

He also urged revellers to consider their tent sleeping arrangements before crashing out.

“Sleeping on the hard, cold ground can exacerbate, or lead to, neck and back problems, especially when people do not use a supportive pillow or are not used to the hard surface,” he said.

Those with joint or back problems should use a good quality camping mat and ensure their head and back are supported.

Keeping warm and dry at night was also important, he said.

Festival-goers are also being urged to use public transport and, if travelling by car, to take extra care.

The Road Safety Authority, Oxegen promoters MCD and Kildare County Council have been working together to ensure safety is priority for everyone attending the event.

The road authority has teamed up again with Kildare County Council to run a road safety radio campaign on youth orientated stations during Oxegen.

In addition, billboards featuring four young people from Co Kildare who died following separate crashes in 2005 and 2007 will be displayed throughout the festival area.

The RSA will also target festival-goers with mobile advertising billboards and road safety messages that will be played on the big stage screens before and after each headline act.

* More information on the festival survival guide is available at www.iscp.ie.

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