Gymnastics Injuries During The Olympic Games



Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness in Belfield provides servicing to many near by Inner West suburbs including Belmore, Strathfield and Croydon park. See our weekly blog below if you are interested in new research, facts, general information or ideas.

Our Belfield clinic works with very talented gymnasts from the Australian Academy of Gymnastics. These athletes work hard under Antoine’s wing – a fantastic and dedicated coach and owner.

As the new year of competitions is fast approaching, it’s time to speak about a new 2017 article regarding injury rates during the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.

The purpose of this 2017 review was to evaluate the new injury characteristics and occurrences for different gymnast disciplines. This idea will in turn increase our injury awareness and prevention for prior and during main competition events.

What are the new findings?

  • Injury occurrences was 84 injuries per 1000 gymnasts.

    • There was no difference between males and females

  • Artistic gymnastics had the highest injury risk with 107 and 83 injuries per 1000 gymnasts in females and males, respectively

  • Higher rates of injuries were noted in the youngest and oldest gymnasts

  • An ankle sprain was the most frequent injury diagnosis (14%)

    • 23 % of athletes had a time loss in competition time


The biggest take home message for the clinic was the amount of ankle sprains present around the time of the Olympics. It seems some form of a preventative program is ideal to improve all areas of ankle function including strength and balancing.

The finding and information can be used to develop tailored programs during competitions. To find out more about how we can help improve your injury prevention, or to book in for a consultation you can contact us via our Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness contact us page, or book online here.

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