Title: Acute Injuries in Track and Field Athletes: A 3-year Observational Study at the Penn Relays Carnival With Epidemiology and Medical Coverage Implications
Question: What is the incidence of injury in track and field?
Key Takeaway: Up to 60% of hamstring muscle strains were recurrent in the track and field population.
Summary: Penn Relays is one of the largest track and field events in the world, what a perfect time to observe injury incidence.
- Throughout the study period 48,473 competing athletes participated in the Penn Relays Carnival, and 436 injuries were sustained.
- The 4x400m was the most injurious event out of all the large participating events analysed.
- Male Athletes were more likely to suffer a hamstring strain rather than female athletes
- 60% of hamstring injuries that occurred were recurrent injuries.