Jump contestant Tina Hobley reveals “huge impact” injuries have had on life
Tina Hobley has told how she is still struggling with injuries caused by her accident on Channel 4 reality show The Jump.
The actress, 45, was one of several celebrities forced to pull out of the winter sports programme this year after her elbow came out of its socket, her arm was broken in two places and she sustained injuries to her shoulder and knee.
“For much of the year I haven’t been able to drive, dress, wash my hair or have a bath unaided,” she told Hello!
“My daughter has had to help me put my clothes on. And for months at a time I haven’t been able to take the kids to school, run errands, or do any of the things I love like yoga, cycling or walking any kind of distance.
“My injuries have had a huge impact on my life and on the family.” Hobley is due to have another operation, on her knee, this month and said that she had missed out on acting work, including TV drama Broadchurch, as a result of the accident.
“I went back to London after the accident thinking I would only be in plaster for seven weeks but it turns out my injuries were worse than first thought. I had three major traumas,” she said.
“My elbow came out of its socket and my arm was broken in two places. I tore my rotator cuff in my shoulder â a common rugby injury which has ended careers â and I had a full rupture of my ACL [anterior cruciate ligament] in the knee.
“I look at my body in a very different way now. My body is so precious and I wouldn’t put my body or my family through that trauma again.”
She told the magazine: “I was gutted because a meeting for my dream job â in the drama series Broadchurch â came up just after the injury.
“I couldn’t make it because I was in plaster. I had been waiting two years for that meeting.”
The Jump, presented by Davina McCall, came under the spotlight this year as a number of contestants were left with injuries.
Former Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle was involved in a horrific crash which left her needing surgery on her spine.
Ex-Olympic champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington also withdrew from the show on medical advice after a shoulder injury.
Made In Chelsea’s Mark-Francis Vandelli and Olympic gold medal winner Linford Christie were among the other participants who were injured while taking part in the programme.
And earlier this year former Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding told how she was still “struggling” with her knee after suffering a ruptured ligament while taking part in the show.
Tina’s accident happened while practising a jump after crew from the show failed to vacate the landing area. Channel 4 issued an apology following the accident and said it would put extra procedures in place to ensure the error does not happen again.
“Tina’s fall was caused by simple human error when members of the ground crew failed to clear the outrun,” the broadcaster said at the time.
“All those involved have been spoken to and extra procedures have now been put in place by the producers to ensure that this will not happen again.
“We’re very sorry to lose Tina from the competition and wish her a very speedy recovery.”
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