QiVantage Injury Index
In December of 2005, QiVantage and Active.com conducted a nationwide survey of 510 endurance athletes (287 women and 223 men) ranging in age from 16 to 66. Respondents represented 44 out of 50 States throughout the US. The survey was conducted on the Active.com website – athletes were not QiVantage customers.
Injury rates for all endurance athletes surveyed (last year)
Of the 510 athletes surveyed, 91% sustained an injury last year. Fewer than 10% remained healthy all year long.
Figure 1. Percentage of athletes injured in a given year
Types of injuries sustained
Of the athletes surveyed who sustained injuries, here is how they were distributed. The top 3: Knee pain, back pain and hip pain.
Figure 2. Types of injuries sustained
Weeks of training missed because of injury
How much time did athletes need to sit out because of injury? Over 50% of the athletes surveyed missed 2 weeks or more of training.
Figure 3. Weeks of training missed due to injury
Injury rates by age group
Injury rate was largely independent of age group. Regardless of age, about 90% of athletes suffered an injury during the year.
Figure 4. Injury rates as a function of age
Injury rates by gender
Men and women sustained injury at a similar rate.
Figure 5. Injury rates as a function of gender