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Nearly 10% of Olympic Athletes Injured

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    BEIJING - AUGUST 23: Romana Dubnova of Czech Republic is taken of the field on a by after an injury in the Women's High Jump Final held at the National Stadium on Day 15 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 23, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

    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.