Category: Vetsports

Sport and chronic pain

Did you know 1 in 7 people suffer from chronic pain?   On a recent bike ride we met Cambridge based entrepreneurs who have set up a cycle clothing company, alongside a 1 in 7 campaign to raise awareness of low impact exercise as a tool to manage chronic pain.  “There is no question that the psychological and physical effects of cycling is an essential part of staying resilient and coping with this immensely challenging condition“, Daphne Kaufhold, founder of ‘This is Cambridge’.  This came after I heard recent BBC Radio 2 feature where a GP took his chronic pain patients off drugs (10’s of pills per day) and prescribed exercise instead.  Patients interviewed said there was no deterioration in the perceived degree of pain after stopping medication, and the exercise helped them to cope and improved their sleep and overall wellbeing.  It’s not a cure, but a tool to manage.

Sport Combats Stress Study

“Did you know:

  • vets are 3-4 times more likely than the general population to die by suicide?
  • 38.7% of vet students have experienced suicidal thoughts?

These figures are real and taken from the VetFutures project.

Stress is one of the key contributors to depression rates, and it seems the veterinary profession is particularly susceptible. This includes vets, nurses and students!

Did you also know that EXERCISE IS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO COMBAT STRESS?”

Wise words from Andy Rose and Renate Weller who are carrying out a study looking into the link between perceived stress and amount of exercise taken within the veterinary profession.

The data gathering phase has ended, but we hope to publish their results soon