Beth Tweddle seeing psychologist over injury while taking part in The Jump


Retired sportswoman Beth Tweddle said she is continuing to see a psychologist over the freak accident which left her needing neck surgery while taking part in winter sports television show The Jump.

Tweddle, Britain's most decorated gymnast, was taken to hospital after a fall on the Channel 4 show in February. She was one of several celebrities forced to quit the series due to injuries sustained on-set in Austria.

Describing the incident, the 31-year-old told BBC's The One Show: "The short of it is, I did a jump and I collided with the end barrier.

"For me it is still quite a hard thing to talk about and that's why I'm using a psychologist and processing the accident details.

"I didn't really panic at the time. It was only when I flew back to the UK I kind of realised the journey that I'd been on.

"And obviously getting re-assessed back in the UK I kind of realised the journey that I would still have to go on and the recovery phase, the rehab phase, just seeing the surgeons, seeing the physios, seeing the psychologists there was just so many different elements to it."

Tweddle had an operation which involved having a piece of bone taken from her hip to help fuse together two fractured vertebrae in her neck.

The number of injuries on the third series of The Jump prompted Channel 4 to review safety procedures.

Describing her gradual recovery, Tweddle said: "The first couple of weeks, every day I was doing something new, whether it was getting out of bed for the first time, walking for the first time, going up steps, going outside, there was something new every single day.

"Then it suddenly kind of just started to plateau. Once I got back home I had to go and live with my parents, I couldn't go back to my own place.

"You just kind of think: 'I'm 31 years old, I'm living with my parents', but they were amazing.

"I think people couldn't realise how serious it was because I couldn't even deal with it."

She added: "I don't want this accident to define me, I want to be able to go out there and do what I normally do.

"It's been a long road, and it's been rehab every single day but it's definitely worth it."