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Dancing On Ice hits our screens for a third season this Sunday, and with seven of the 12 celebrities already reporting injuries as a result of the gruelling training programme - ranging from cracked metatarsals to torn knee ligaments – last year’s winner, Kyran Bracken reveals how he combated crippling pain to be crowned champion.

Former England rugby great, Kyran is one of the nation’s 30 million back pain sufferers. Like this year’s competitors, he experienced his fair share of injuries as a result the show’s punishing regime, suffering a relapse of the chronic back pain that plagued his rugby career.

With this year’s contestants locked in training for the opening night this Sunday, Kyran has revealed the secret that enabled him to continue skating at the very highest level and overcome his aches, pains and injuries. Using space-age NASA-inspired technology, Kyran was able to speed up his recovery time between training sessions, ease aches and pains and ensure that he got the best possible night’s sleep before competing.

He claims that using the same TEMPUR pressure-relieving mattress incorporated into the training regime of the Elite England Rugby Team kept him competing and contributed to his success on the ice.

Back Pain
Kyran has suffered repeated muscle strains in his back since the age of 18, and was only able to keep his rugby career alive through sheer determination and perseverance. Recalling the closing stages of his rugby playing days, Kyran says; “In the tail end of my career, there were numerous instances during the 2003 World Cup where my back was in so much discomfort that I couldn’t even bend down to tie the laces of my boots!”

Various treatments ranging from physiotherapy to deep tissue massage only helped to ease the pain temporarily, and led to sleep deprivation and poor recovery from training sessions and competition in the long term.

“For many years my tossing and turning in bed would regularly keep both myself and Victoria up at night. This was especially the case after a game or heavy training, as I was just unable to get into a sleeping position which was comfortable with my back.”

Overcoming his Injuries
Despite being a hardened rugby professional with over 51 international caps, Kyran found the Dancing on Ice schedule just as physically demanding. The punishing competition training sessions took their toll on the former World Cup winner, and he immediately found himself experiencing physical repercussions with his back pain returning.

Kyran says: “Although I’ve suffered with back pain since my rugby days with England and Saracens, the aches and pains worsened during Dancing on Ice. Training every day put strain on the injury but although the pain would normally have kept me up all night, I have started sleeping on an amazing pressure relieving TEMPUR Mattress. This supports the whole body evenly, so I’ve slept better and for longer and by the morning my aches and pains are almost gone.”

Kyran’s advice is simple – avoid the injuries, maximise your recuperation and get the best night’s sleep possible before every competition. But with the shows medical team already working around the clock to treat the hobbling stars, this year’s contestants may well have their work cut out!

Kyran Bracken sleeps on a TEMPUR pressure-relieving mattress to relieve back pain and ensure a good night’s sleep. Recommended by over 30,000 medical professionals worldwide, TEMPUR Mattresses mould to the exact shape of the body to reduce pressure and ensure all-night comfort and support. To order products from the TEMPUR Range, please call on free phone 08000 111 081 or visit www.tempur.co.uk.

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