Table 1

Comparison of injury risk between the 2008 Beijing2 and 2010 Vancouver3 Olympic Games

Beijing 2008Vancouver 2010
Participating athletes10 9772567
Injuries (per 1000 athletes)1055 (96.1)287 (111.8)
Most common diagnosisAnkle sprains (7%), thigh strains (7%)Concussions (7%)
Most affected locationsTrunk (13%), thigh (13%), head/neck (12%), knee (12%)Head/neck (16%), knee (14%), thigh (7%)
Most common mechanismsNon-contact (20%), overuse (22%), contact with another athletes (33%)Contact with another athlete (15%), contact with a stagnant object (22%), non-contact (23%)
Expected time-loss injuries50%23%*
Competition – training injuries73%–27%46%–54%
High-risk sports (injuries per 100 athletes)Football, taekwondo, field hockey, handball, weightliftingSnowboard cross, freestyle aerials and cross, bobsleigh, ice hockey
Low-risk sports (injuries per 100 athletes)Canoeing/kayaking, diving, rowing, sailing, synchronised swimming, fencingNordic skiing disciplines, curling, speed skating
  • * This figure may underestimate the number of time-loss injuries as the response rate to this information was low and many of the injuries were of severe outcome, without estimated time loss registered (more details in the Vancouver paper).3