Memorial Day unofficially rings in the sportiest season of the year (for most of us). To kick it off, Gordon Ramsay and Will Ferrell played in Soccer Aid’s celebrity charity match in Manchester, England on Sunday, giving fans a good reminder that summer also happens to be that time of year when you’re most prone to injury: Both were injured, Ramsay went to the hospital with injuries, and their team lost. Which is why you’re going to cross-train, stretch, and built some recovery days into your summer schedule, right?
Ramsay hurt his back, and had to be carried off the field in a stretcher. He’s fine, per Twitter, where he reported that he’d left the hospital “after receiving amazing care from medics at ground & hospital. Bit sore but fine.” Ferrell made it out with a leg injury (no hospitalization required), so really, it’s fine: You can laugh at that photo above without feeling like a terrible person.
But then you should remember that injuries like theirs are the kind that can lay you up for an entire season, if not longer; that’s not how you want to spend the rest of 2012. Tennis, soccer, marathon training, and even frisbee throwing in the park are all the best ways you could spend your spare time this summer, but they also make it surprisingly easy to get injured. To avoid injury, check out some of our guides and use common sense: Stretch, cross-train, and be sure to build in some rest days to avoid pulling a Ramsay this summer.