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Table 4 Injury type (%) in retired Great Britain’s Olympians

From: A Cross-Sectional Study of Retired Great British Olympians (Berlin 1936–Sochi 2014): Olympic Career Injuries, Joint Health in Later Life, and Reasons for Retirement from Olympic Sport

Type of injury Injuries in female (%) Injuries in male (%) Total number of injuries (%)
Ligament injury (sprain) 84 (22.8) 55 (15.6) 139 (19.3)
Fracture (traumatic) 55 (14.9) 78 (22.2) 133 (18.4)
Muscle injury (strain) 44 (11.9) 44 (12.5) 88 (12.2)
Tendinopathy 33 (8.9) 44 (12.5) 77 (10.7)
Cartilage injury 25 (6.8) 27 (7.7) 52 (7.2)
Disc prolapse 24 (6.5) 16 (4.5) 40 (5.5)
Dislocation/subluxation 15 (4.1) 22 (6.3) 37 (5.1)
Stress fracture 25 (6.8) 11 (3.1) 36 (5.0)
Nerve injury 7 (1.9) 5 (1.4) 12 (1.7)
Contusion/hematoma 8 (2.2) 1 (0.3) 9 (1.2)
Compartment syndrome 4 (1.1) 4 (0.6)
Fasciitis 3 (0.8) 3 (0.4)
Laceration 2 (0.5) 1 (0.3) 3 (0.4)
Muscle cramps 2 (0.5) 1 (0.3) 3 (0.4)
Concussion 2 (0.5) 2 (0.3)
Impingement 2 (0.6) 2 (0.3)
Dental injury 1 (0.3) 1 (0.1)
Amputation 1 (0.3) 1 (0.1)
Medial tibial stress syndrome 1 (0.3) 1 (0.1)
Other/missing 39 (10.6) 39 (11.1) 78 (10.8)
Total 369 352 721