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The sport of Para alpine skiing at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games has been under the spotlight as having the highest injury incidence rate (IR) compared with other sports on the programme,1 and also compared with alpine skiing at any previous Paralympic Winter Games.2 3 A secondary analysis of the Paralympic Injury and Illness Survey for the Sochi Games has allowed for a more detailed reporting of injury mechanism.
In Sochi, a total of 175 athletes (131 male, 44 female) participated in the Para alpine skiing competitions. This comprised 65 seated athletes and 110 standing athletes. The overall injury IR in alpine skiing was 48.3 (95% CI 40.1 to 56.4) injuries per 1000 athlete-days, while the overall injury proportion was 30.9 (95% CI 24.0 to 37.7) injuries per 100 athletes. The comparative injury IR in the different athlete categories is shown in figure 1.
Upon further analysis of the data, it …
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