Rebecca Adlington's The Jump injury was 'worse than childbirth'

Rebecca Adlington

Rebecca Adlington

Rebecca Adlington admits she gets "goosebumps" when she remembers dislocating her shoulder on 'The Jump'.

Rebecca Adlington gets "goosebumps" when she remembers her fall on 'The Jump'.

The former Olympic swimmer had to undergo surgery after she dislocated her shoulder when she competed on the show and has described the pain as "worse than childbirth".

She shared: "When I started training for the air jump, I had a fall early on, hurting my shoulder so it was a bit sore. But I carried on and my jumps seemed better.

"But on the day of filming, after a successful practice run, I somehow swung my arm as I sailed through the air and dislocated it. I then damaged it on impact. The medics tried to fix it there and then, but couldn't.

"It still gives me goose bumps thinking about how horrible a procedure it was to have the shoulder put back into place ... it was excruciatingly painful."

The 27-year-old athlete - who has eight-month-old daughter Summer with husband Harry Needs - is now looking forward to returning to the show for the final.

She added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Since the op, I've had to ice my shoulder daily. I can't drive at the moment but I can still walk our two dogs, Millie and Daisy. I am doing a bit of work now, although I will also be having physiotherapy and acupuncture to get me through the healing process as quickly as possible. It will take six weeks of physio before I am fit.

"This Sunday, I'm going back to the set of The Jump for the final - I will have to miss my first Mother's Day as a mum but Harry will be sending me pictures and videos of Summer. I can't wait to see everyone. I've spoken to everyone pretty much every day and met up with Louisa Lytton since coming back."


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