Table 1

Anthropometric, injury and joint health factors for Olympians and general population controls

Olympians n=3357Controls n=1735P value
Anthropometrics
Female/male, n (%)1488/1840 (45/55)998/723 (58/42)<0.001
Age (years), median (range)44.7 (16–97)40.5 (16–88)<0.001
BMI (kg/m2), mean (SD)25.7 (5.4)25.7 (6.3)0.937
Injury (any injury)
Injury prevalence, n (%)2300 (68.5)1050 (60.5)<0.001
Recurrent injury, n (%)1393 (41.5)533 (30.7)<0.001
Joint health
Physician-diagnosed OA (at any joint), n (%)599/2587 (23.2)217/1380 (15.7)<0.001
Current pain (any joint) >1 month, n (%)1422 (41.3)655 (37.8)0.002
Current stiffness (any joint) >1 month, n (%)1720 (51.2)777 (44.8)<0.001
Joint surgery, n (%)764/2844 (26.9)284/1484 (19.1)<0.001
  • Pain or stiffness (any joint) reported for most days of the last month.

  • BMI, body mass index; OA, osteoarthritis.