08 Feb 2014
February 8, 2014

Winter sports

The 2014 Winter Olympics provided a showcase for the variety of disciplines and the skills and athleticism of the competitors. The fast bobsleigh type events require a lot of sprinting power and explosiveness, whereas the snowboarding and ski jumping requires tremendous acrobatic and gymnastic skills.

Injuries, aches and pains are always present although there is a big difference in the types of injuries suffered by athletes in different events. Injuries due to falling/impact with the ground can be more damaging than the typical soft tissue injuries (such as hamstring pulls) and in some ways these types of injuries are more akin to some of the impact injuries suffered by rugby players, and as a result if an athlete is unlucky enough for this to happen then it is unlikely that they will be able to continue at the event.