According to a report by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), 9.6% of the athletes competing in this summer's Olympic Games were treated for injuries during the event.
This was the first time the IOC conducted such a study, which covered the 92 teams participating in the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing.
According to their report, the injuries broke down as follows:
- 55% of injuries involved the lower extremeties (ankle and thigh sprains)
- 20% involved the upper extremities
- 15% involved the torso
- 10% involved the head
The majority of injuries (74%) occurred during competition, likely because the athletes were straining harder during that period.
This was the first year the IOC conducted such a study. They hope to continue the study in future games to provide a more standardized information for injury prevention and to monitor the frequency and circumstances surrounding injuries.