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Rib stress injuries in the 2012–2016 (Rio) Olympiad: a cohort study of 151 Australian Rowing Team athletes for 88 773 athlete days

Harris, R, Trease, L ORCID: 0000-0002-8413-2814, Wilkie, K and Drew, M 2020 , 'Rib stress injuries in the 2012–2016 (Rio) Olympiad: a cohort study of 151 Australian Rowing Team athletes for 88 773 athlete days' , British Journal of Sports Medicine , pp. 1-6 , doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2019-101584.

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Abstract

Aim: To describe the demographics, frequency, location,imaging modality and clinician-identified factors of ribstress injury in a cohort of elite rowers over the RioOlympiad (2012–2016).Methods: Analysis of prospectively recorded medicalrecords for the Australian Rowing Team in 2013–2015and the combined Australian Rowing Team and OlympicShadow Squad in 2016, examining all rib stress injuries.Results: 19 rib stress injuries (12 reactions and 7fractures) were identified among a cohort of 151 athletesand included 12 female and 7 male cases, 11 openweight, 8 lightweight, 12 scull and 7 sweep cases. Themost common locations of injury identified by imaging,were the mid-axillary line and rib 6. Period prevalencevaried from 4% to 15.4% and incidence ranged from0.27 to 0.13 per 1000 athlete days. There were nosignificant differences in prevalence by sex, sweep versusscull or weight class. There was a statistically significantincrease in incidence in the pre-Olympic year (2015,pConclusions: In our 4-year report of rib stress injury inelite rowing athletes, period prevalence was consistentwith previous reports and time lost (median ~10 weeks)was greater than previously published literature. Ribstress injury limits training and performance in eliterowers and MRI should be considered as a first lineinvestigation.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Harris, R and Trease, L and Wilkie, K and Drew, M
Keywords: rowing, rib stress injury, injury
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Sports Medicine
Publisher: B M J Publishing Group
ISSN: 0306-3674
DOI / ID Number: 10.1136/bjsports-2019-101584
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