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Epidemiology of Injury in Olympic Sports

Dennis J. Caine (Editor), Peter A. Harmer (Editor), Melissa A. Schiff (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-17364-3 November 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 536 Pages


This new volume in the Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine series, published under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee, provides a state-of-the- art account of the epidemiology of injury across a broad spectrum of Olympic sports. The book uses the public health model in describing the scope of the injury problem, the associated risk factors, and in evaluating the current research on injury prevention strategies described in the literature.

Epidemiology of Injury in Olympic Sports comprehensively covers what is known about the distribution and determinants of injury and injury rates in each sport. The editors and contributors have taken an evidence-based approach and adopted a uniform methodology to assess the data available. Each chapter is illustrated with tables which make it easy to examine injury factors between studies within a sport and between sports.

With contributions from internationally renowned experts, this is an invaluable reference book for medical doctors, physical therapists and athletic trainers who serve athletes and sports teams, and for sports medicine scientists and healthcare professionals who are interested in the epidemiological study of injury in sports.  

List of Contributors.



Part 1: Summer Sports.

1 Aquatics (Sasinos Stavrianeas).

2 Archery (John C. Hildenbrand IV and Ghazi M. Rayan).

3 Athletics (Mitchell J. Rauh and Caroline A. Macera).

4 Badminton (Martin Fahlsröm).

5 Baseball (Glenn S. Fleisig, Christoher S. McMichael and James R. Andrews).

Basketball (Gaylene McKay and Jill Cook).

7 Boxing (Tsharni Zazryn and Paul Mccrory).

8 Cycling (Abdrew L. Pruitt and Todd M. Carver).

9 Equestrian (Paul Mccrory and Michael Turner).

10 Fencing (Peter A. Harmer).

11 Field Hockey (Karen Murtaugh).

12 Gymnastics (Gregory S. Kolt and Dennis J. Caine).

13 Judo (Peter A. Harmer).

14 Modern Pentathlon (Jens Kelm).

15 Rowing (Jane Rumball).

16 Sailing (Vernon Neville).

17 Soccer (Football) (Carolyn A. Emery).

18 Softball (Stephen W. Marshall and Johna K. Register-Mihalik).

19 Taekwondo (Willey Pieter).

20 Team Handball (Handball) (Grethe Myklebust).

21 Tennis (Babette M. Pluim and J. Bart Staal).

22 Triathlon (Veronica E. Vleck and David J. Bentley).

23 Volleyball (Evert Verhagen).

24 Weightlifting (Justin W. L. Keogh).

25 Wrestling (Dennis J. Caine, Kasey Young and Warren B. Howe).

Part 2: Winter Sports.

26 Alpine Skiing (Tonje Wale Flørened and Arne Ekeland).

27 Figure Skating (Caroline G. Caine).

28 Ice Hockey (Brenda H.F. Lau and Brian W. Benson).

29 Snowboarding (Kelly Russell, Brent E. Hagel and Claude Goulet).

Part 3: Paralympic Sports.

30 Paralympic Sports (A.D.J. Webborn).

Part 4: Injury Prevention and Further Research.

31 Injury Prevention in Sports (Melissa A. Schiff and Rebekah O'Halloran).

32 Conclusions and Further Research (Peter A. Harmer).


“This excellent, up-to-date review of injuries in Olympic sports covers types, times and locations of injury, as well as specific contributory conditions . . .This encyclopedia should be bought by all professionals interested in sports medicine.”  (Emergency Nurse, 1 September 2012)

"This doorstop of a book is an excellent, up-to-date review of sports injuries relating to Olympic events.”  (Nursing Standard, 2 May 2012)

Reviews the distribution and determinants of injury in Olympic sports

Each sport-specific chapter provides information on the incidence and characteristics of injury, injury outcome, injury risk factors and inciting events, and injury prevention and further research

Part of the Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine series, published in collaboration with the Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee

Shows how the health of athletes can be protected by highlighting key research findings and their practical application