Olaf Scholz’s injury: The precautions to take when jogging with Dr. Gérald Kierzek

Olaf Scholz's injury: The precautions to take when jogging with Dr. Gérald Kierzek

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz injured his face while jogging on Sunday 3 September. A bad fall following which he appeared with an eye patch, in a photo published on his X account. What precautions should be taken when practicing this sport? The answers of Dr Gérald Kierzek, emergency doctor and medical director of TipsForWomens.

More fear than harm for German Chancellor Olaf Scholz! The 65-year-old politician fell heavily while jogging on Sunday, injuring his face.

A photo for which he is impatiently awaiting the “memes”

Following his misadventure and unable to hide his facial injuries, Olaf Scholz preferred to laugh. He therefore posted a photo of himself on his Twitter account on Monday, September 4, appearing with an eye patch giving him a pirate look.

Wanting to reassure everyone, he assured that his injury was not that serious and thanked everyone who had heard from him. “I can’t wait to see the memes” he added with a touch of humor, knowing full well that his photo would be diverted for humorous purposes on the social network.

What precautions should be taken when jogging?

If the injury of Olaf Scholz is a priori not very serious, the practice of jogging still involves certain risks and a few simple precautions will make it possible to avoid them. Emergency doctor, Dr Gérald Kierzek gives us his advice.

“The first question that the doctor asks is whether it is a mechanical fall, caused by an element of the environment or is it following a malaise? The treatment does not won’t be quite the same” first explains the doctor. “If it is a malaise, it will be necessary to find the cause. In the event of a mechanical fall, it’s bad luck’s fault!” he adds.

To avoid any risk of mechanical fall, it is important to follow several small rules:

  • Choose good shoes, suitable for running;
  • Avoid distractions while running, such as listening to music, for example, and watching where you step;
  • Preferably choose stable ground, on a stadium for example, to avoid the risk of falling due to the environment (branches, stones, holes, etc.).