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Table 5 Musculoskeletal health 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

  Women (n = 246) Prevalence % (95% CI) Men (n = 354) Prevalence % (95% CI) All (n = 600) Overall prevalence (95% CI)
Pain (last 4 weeks)       
 Lumbar spine 83 33.7 (27.8–39.7) 114 32.2 (27.3–37.1) 197 32.8 (29.1–36.6)
 Knee 65 26.4 (20.9–32.0) 87 24.6 (20.1–29.1) 152 25.3 (21.8–28.8)
 Hip 51 20.7 (15.6–25.8) 84 23.7 (19.3–28.2) 135 22.5 (19.1–25.8)
 Ankle 38 15.4 (10.9–20.0) 46 13.0 (9.5–16.5) 84 14.0 (11.2–16.8)
 Cervical spine 21 8.5 (5.0–12.1) 32 9.0 (6.0–12.0) 53 8.8 (6.6–11.1)
 1st metatarsophalangeal joint 7 2.8 (0.8–4.9) 5 1.4 (1.8–2.6) 12 2.0 (0.9–3.1)
 1st carpometacarpal joint 6 2.4 (0.5–4.4) 5 1.4 (1.8–2.6) 11 1.8 (0.8–2.9)
  Women (n = 268) Prevalence %
(95% CI)
Men
(n = 367)
Prevalence %
(95% CI)
All (n = 635) Overall prevalence (95% CI)
OA (self-report physician-diagnosed)      
 Knee 31 11.6 (7.7–15.4) 54 14.7 (11.1–18.4) 85 13.4 (10.7–16.0)
 Hip 21 7.8 (4.6–11.1) 45 12.3 (8.9–15.6) 66 10.4 (8.0–12.8)
 Lumbar spine 20 7.5 (4.3–10.6) * 9 2.5 (0.9–4.0) 29 4.6 (2.9–6.2)
 1st carpometacarpal joint 6 2.2 (0.5–4.0) 8 2.2 (0.7–3.7) 14 2.2 (1.1–3.4)
 1st metatarsophalangeal joint 5 1.9 (0.2–3.5) 8 2.2 (0.7–3.7) 13 2.0 (0.9–3.2)
 Cervical spine 5 1.9 (0.2–3.5) 7 1.9 (0.5–3.3) 12 1.9 (0.8–3.0)
 Ankle 6 2.2 (0.5–4.0) 5 1.4 (0.2–2.6) 11 1.7 (0.7–2.8)
  1. p = < 0.01
  2. *Men to women