At least one in ten athletes in the 2010 Winter Olympics was injured. The British Journal of Sports Medicine just published a report listing the winter sports that cause the most injuries, the winter sports that cause the least injuries and what the most common winter sport injuries are.

The top five high-risk winter sports are:

  • Bobsled
  • Ice Hockey
  • Short Track
  • Alpine Freestyle
  • Snowboard Cross

During the 2010 Winter Olympics one in eight athletes (15%) injured themselves playing the sports listed above. One in four of the athlete’s injuries were bad enough where they could not compete or train.

The lowest risk winter sports are:

  • Biathlon
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Luge
  • Curling
  • Speed Skating
  • Free Style Moguls

Only one in twenty of the athletes were injured in the sports listed above. Unfortunately one person died while training for the luge.

The most common parts of the body to injure during winter sports are:

  • Head
  • Spine
  • Knees

The most common type of winter sport injuries are:

  • Bruising
  • Ligament and Muscle Sprains

What was interesting is that almost as many injuries occurred during training as did during competition . Women were injured on average a little more than men and the most risky sport in the 2010 Winter Olympics was short track. One in three men was injured either training or competing in short track. The authors of this report suggest that the actual numbers are most likely higher. Many athletes don’t report their injuries.

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Best – Mike Cola

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