Amber Davies has revealed she suffered a ‘painful’ injury that required immediate medical attention during training for Dancing On Ice.
The former Love Island star, 27, is set to take part in the new series of the ice skating show which launches on Sunday.
She is partnered with professional skater Simon Senecal and has been hard at work training in preparation for the series for months.
However, the West End star revealed that her gruelling practicing had been halted after she hurt her quad muscle during a lift.
Amber said the injury had been ‘so, so painful’ and caused her to need physiotherapy every day for several weeks to heal.
Amber Davies has revealed she suffered a ‘painful’ injury that required immediate medical attention during training for Dancing On Ice
The former Love Island star, 27, is set to take part in the new series of the ice skating show which launches on Sunday
She is partnered with professional skater Simon Senecal (pictured) and has been hard at work training in preparation for the series for months
She recalled: ‘I tore my quad! I had a one-degree tear at the top of my quad. It was from off-ice training, but we’d been on the ice for two and a half hours.
‘When you’re on the ice it’s all about being down in your knees, so by the end of the session, your legs and bum are burning.
‘We’d come off and thought, “Let’s just use this time and do a couple of lifts so we can put them on the ice in a different session”.
‘As Simon lifted me up, the top of my quad popped. It was so, so painful. We had to call the medic, I had to have physio every morning.’
However, the theatre actress said that rather than scare her off, the ordeal had been a turning point for her.
Amber said: ‘It kind of made things real for me, like oh my gosh injuries can definitely happen and will happen.
‘I surprised myself because sometimes when things happen I can retract but I didn’t, I stayed calm and I carried on going.’
Fortunately, Amber said it ‘wasn’t too much of a big tear’ so she was able to stay in the show, but still took two to three weeks of recovery time.
However, the West End star revealed that her gruelling practicing had been halted after she hurt her quad muscle during a lift
Amber said the injury had been ‘so, so painful’ and caused her to need physiotherapy every day for several weeks to heal making the experience feel ‘real’ for the first time
In November last year, Amber opened up about her injury on her Instagram Stories and shared an insight into her recuperation.
She explained it had been a grade one tear, which is ‘a muscle pull or strain causing pain and tenderness but no loss of muscle strength’.
She shared a snap of herself in costume at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal, as she prepared to go on stage as Vivian Ward, originally played by Julia Roberts, in the UK touring production of 1990 film, Pretty Woman.
Amber revealed she’d torn her leg muscle and thanked her co-star Oliver Savile, who plays her love interest Edward Lewis, for helping her during the show.
She wrote: ‘Tore my Quad on Monday (grade one luckily). And the show must go on as they say… Big thank you to @olliesavile for holding me up half the week when I needed it the most’.
She then posted an image of her leg being worked on by the physiotherapist while her skating pro Simon sat in the background.
Alongside she penned: ‘Back on the ice tomorrow for some softer training with my main man @simsenecal. Ey what doesn’t kill ya makes you stronger.’
It comes after Amber revealed she turned to her ex-boyfriend Kem Cetinay for advice ahead of Dancing On Ice.
In November last year, Amber revealed she’d suffered a grade one tear in her leg as she shared a snap from the UK touring production of Pretty Woman, in which she played Vivian
She then posted an image of her leg being worked on while her skating pro Simon sat in the background and penned: ‘Ey what doesn’t kill ya makes you stronger’
The pair won the third series of Love Island together in 2017, but went on to split four months later.
However, Amber revealed there are no hard feelings between them as they are still in touch and admitted that he has been texting her advice.
Kem, 27, appeared on Dancing On Ice in 2018 and finished in fourth place with professional partner Alex Murphy.
Talking about when she heard the news she was joining the line up for the skating show, Amber told MailOnline: ‘I called Kem when I got the gig and he was like, ”Oh my God, good luck. It’s hard.”
‘We were messaging a couple of weeks ago – he was just saying don’t be c**p!
She added that despite feeling the pressure, she intends to get further in the competition than Kem did.
She said: ‘There’s nothing more motivating than your ex-boyfriend having done the show. I’ve got to get past Kem, that’s the goal. I’ve got to beat the ex!’
Following her Love Island stint, Amber went into musical theatre and has gone from strength to strength, having appeared in 9 to 5, Bring It On, Back to the Future and Pretty Woman musicals.
It comes after Amber revealed she turned to her ex-boyfriend Kem Cetinay for advice ahead of Dancing On Ice after they won the third series of Love Island together in 2017 (pictured)
Kem appeared on Dancing On Ice in 2018 (pictured) and finished in fourth place with professional partner Alex Murphy, with Amber determined to get further than him
Amber will join a star-studded cast for the new series including Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas, boxer Ricky Hatton, Olympian Greg Rutherford, S Club singer Hannah Spearritt and Emmerdale actress Roxy Shahidi
And despite appearing in an episode of The Kardashians last month, after Kim Kardashian watched her performance in Back To The Future during a London trip, Amber revealed how she thought her telly career was over.
She said: ‘I thought the TV life, that ship had sailed. I thought I’d never do television again. When Dancing on Ice approached me I thought, “Wow!” I mean it’s not like a show about personality, it’s a skill. It was so up my street.
‘I thought it would be really lovely for the public to see me as I am now and not who I was at 20 years old and see how I’ve grown and become an adult.
‘I’m a completely different person. I honestly thought this opportunity would never come so I’m really grateful.’
Talking about the process, Amber said she is determined to do well and do it for the girls, pointing out: ‘There hasn’t been a female winner for eleven years. Even if it isn’t me, I hope there is a female winner this year [because] there hasn’t been one since 2013!
‘I have no idea why, but I really hope this year the women come together and there is one holding that trophy at the end of this season. I would love it to be me, but if it’s not then somebody else.’
Amber will join Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas, boxer Ricky Hatton, Olympian Greg Rutherford, S Club singer Hannah Spearritt and Emmerdale actress Roxy Shahidi on the skating show.
As well as, Radio host and former Big Brother contestant Adele Roberts, actress and TV presenter Claire Sweeney, Olympic skier Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, comedian Lou Sanders, Made In Chelsea star Miles Nazaire and ex EastEnder Ricky Norwood.