This year’s festival season is now well and truly underway.
The UK summertime is peppered with annual events such as The Reading Festival, Download, Creamfields, V Festival and last but not least, Glastonbury.
Thousands of people are expected to attend these events and historically, thousands of people have had a fantastic time. However each year many revellers return home with an injury which is bound to have ruined the experience for them.
In order to fully embrace the ‘festival experience’ many people take part in quintessential festival activities, such as ‘moshing’ (a style of dance whose participants push or slam into each other) and crowd surfing (the process in which the "crowd surfer" is passed above everyone's heads, with everyone's hands supporting the person's weight).
Whilst these activities may seem fun they do carry the potential risk of a serious injury. It is on this basis that a lot of festival venues have forbidden such activities.
Surveys have been conducted after music festivals, to consider the injuries sustained by revellers at the event who took part in the crowd surfing activity. The results were surprising as they indicated that injuries sustained from this activity were not sustained by those ‘surfing’ but were instead sustained by people in the crowd. The injuries can be very serious, such as head or neck injuries.
It is important to remember that whilst moshing and crowd surfing may seem a good idea at the time- these activities can be very dangerous to those taking part and also those around them in the crowd.
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