As we enter the festive season of end of year parties it is common for some of us to let our hair down a bit too much sometimes resulting in a puzzling pain or injury the next day. If you think you may be prone to a little office party clumsiness then read on for some entertaining anecdotes and practical ways to avoid limping to work on crutches in 2015! There is a personal one for your entertainment so it's well worth a read just to find out about my sordid side...
The mates friendly push
Earlier this year one of my clients came back from a boys weekend skiing with quite a serious ankle injury. Unbelievably it didn't come from an over zealous performance on the slopes. It was a common après ski incident. Whilst chatting casually to a group of girls seated at a table in the bar his mate rather forcefully pushed him into the group. He was still wearing his ski boots so his foot remained planted in the boot while the rest of his body was thrown into the shocked harem. He sprained his Achilles' tendon and was out of action for the rest of the ski holiday. Thanks mate! Ok so let's take a way the situational and locational circumstances and focus on the rather raucous pushing action of his mate. This can happen in any party situation and in this case it caused an injury. What I would say is spread this story, especially amoung the more tackling type members of the office, don't wear ski boots to your office party and go easy on the alcohol which can affect your balance and reactive timing in unexpected circumstances.
The high heel step down
If you are like me, 4 inch shoes are as much of a staple at festive parties as "party punch". No party outfit is complete without killer shoes - but they should not be literally killer! Ok now for my gossip fuelled story... last years Christmas season, I was invited to a party where we continued the party in a bar/club in town. As my friends and I were walking down the stairs a lady rushed past us clearly eager to hit the dance floor. A few steps in front if us she missed stepped, rolled down the rest of the way and consequently broke the heel of her left shoe. Amazingly she didn't feel a thing - clearly any pain was numbed by her alcohol consumption. She was of course most disappointed about her shoe which was of the designer variety and promptly limped out of the club, one high heeled step followed by broken shoe limp in continuing succession, I think out of shame more than anything. It sounds ridiculous but high heels and descending stairs are a sure fire equation for potential injury. Hold on to the hand rail and take a moment to consciously think about what you are about to do, especially if you are a little tipsy! If there is a gentleman on hand to escort you then definitely take him up on the offer. It's also a fabulous way to make an entrance!
Dance floor injuries
Ok this one is personal, I figured if I'm going to gossip I also have to be part of the fodder! I'm pretty good on the dance floor being an ex dancer. A couple of years ago during the Christmas season I was out celebrating a personal achievement in a club in town. Before I knew it I was dancing with a gentleman who was it turns out quite strong! It didn't take long before he let go at the wrong moment and I fell backwards onto a low table with an ice bucket in the middle filled with ice and a vodka bottle. At the time I didn't feel too much but the next day I woke up with black bruises all down my spine and a crick neck! I was not happy. If you are going to dance (which I whole heartedly encourage, even if it is of the David Brent variety, it helps burn calories and it's an amazing form of self expression), then do so in the company of safe friends. Anyone who starts fiercely flinging you around the dance abandon immediately or offer to take a break at the bar for a while!
Lastly, please use your common sense. It seems it evades many during this time of year. I do see a fair amount of "holiday related" injuries in January.