Table 3

Incidence of illness by sex and age group for athletes competing at the Rio 2016 Summer Paralympic Games

Sex/age group (years)Total number of illnesses (percentage of total number of illnesses)Number of athletes with
an illness
Total number of athletes competingTotal number of athlete daysProportion of athletes with
an illness (%)
Illness incidence rate: number
of illnesses/1000 athlete days
(95% CI)
All511 (100)454365751 19812.410.0 (9.2 to 10.9)
Female216 (42.2)193138919 44613.911.1 (9.7 to 12.7)*
Male295 (57.7)261226831 75211.59.3 (8.3 to 10.4)
Age 12–25 years123 (24.0)11099613 94411.08.8 (7.4 to 10.5)
Age 26–34 years167 (32.7)144132018 48010.99.0 (7.8 to 10.5)
Age 35–75 years221 (43.2)200134118 77414.911.8 (10.3 to 13.4)†
  • *Significantly higher than male sex (p<0.05).

  • †Significantly higher than age groups 12–25 years and 26–34 years (p<0.01).