Anneka Rice says Strictly left her ‘depressed’ as she faced months of physio for injuries

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Anneka Rice may only have spent three weeks competing in Strictly Come Dancing 2019, but the TV star has said the experience left her "broken" and "depressed" for months afterwards.

Presenter Anneka, 62, danced with Kevin Clifton in the BBC contest and has now revealed that a whiplash injury left her feeling low and in need of three months of physio.

Speaking on the My Mate Bought A Toaster podcast about her tough experiences in training, Anneka said: “I was so broken I’d limp back home… into an ice-cold bath. I think on the whole the experience is, in theory, so joyful you forget things like that.

“It’s like childbirth, you just forget… but I was in physio for three months afterwards because I had such bad whiplash.”

Anneka admitted the injury also had long-reaching effects on her mental health.

She explained: “Luckily, the Strictly physio used to run a whiplash clinic, so he was all over it.

“But it brings you down very low because I’d never really been badly injured in my life, considering all the lunatic stunts and things I’ve done. I obviously wondered whether I’d ever recover. I got quite depressed.”

The 2019 series included a number of injuries, with Paralympic table tennis player Will Bayley forced to drop out injured and Made In Chelsea's Jamie Laing having to quit the series before it even began.

Footballer Alex Scott's dance partner Neil Jones was also replaced by Anneka's partner Kevin for a few weeks after suffering a knee injury.

Anneka said: “Will, who has fused ankle bones anyway, was given a routine where he had to jump from a table, which isn’t necessarily the most sensible thing to do.”

However, she thought her own problems were to do with not warming up as she admitted: “Kevin and I just had a sausage roll and went for it.”

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