Olympics and injury

team gbWe rarely see it shown in the media, but research is showing that almost 1 out of every 10 athletes will be injured during the Olympic games.

This is true historically and research shows that in general, during the summer Olympics, an average of 14 athletes per 100 will suffer injury during each games. This Olympics in Rio has been no different. Save for the few very serious injuries publicised thus far, Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten went over her handle bars in the cycling suffering numerous fractures, another cyclist Nibali suffered a broken collarbone during the 237.5km race, French gymnast Samir Ait Said suffered a terrible leg break during the Vault and Armenian Weight Lifter Andranik Karapetyan suffered a horror ELBOW dislocation during his competition. These are all high profile cases and due to the extent of the injury have gained media attention. However, it is important to note that countless injuries go un-noted.

The reason for this article is to highlight to the average individual that these athletes are in fact no different than you or I. Yes, they are talented sports people and yes they train much more and in a much stricter fashion that most of us, but they are just as likely to develop the aches, pains, knocks and strains as the next person who walks past your office window. Perhaps it could be argued that in fact we are MORE susceptible to injury than our Olympian counterparts. These athletes train and fine tune their bodies to sustain an increased workload. Their Diets are strict, their training is regimented, their warm up regimes are tried and tested. How many of us, if we are honest, even stretch before we go for a 20 minute run? Exactly.

So with athletes as well prepared as this still getting injuries, we can see clearly that we too are at risk of such incidences.

In the summer Olympics the most common injuries are soft tissue injuries to the outer extremities; ankles, elbows, hips, knees, shoulders and so on with Knee injuries prevailing as most common. This is somewhat different in the winter Olympics. Knee injuries still rank highly but the incidence of neck and head injury is much higher due to the increased number of falls at high speeds.

The soft tissue injuries above are common sprains, tears and overuse injuries which the day to day athlete is just as susceptible to. The difference is that these athletes have medical intervention at their immediate disposal and with so many of these injuries, management is key. Here at the Buckingham Clinic our staff provide experts in diagnosis, treatment and rehab plans specific to each individual. Contact us for a consultation.

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