Jan
20
2008
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Different Injury Pattern

DIFFERENT INJURY PATTERN
A comparison of the injuries sustained by women and men reveals that although there is no significant difference in the location of injuries, it is, noticeable that women are two or three times more likely than men to suffer less common injuries such as concussion or ligament or bone damage. There was an unusually high incidence of concussion at the Women’s World Cup in China (6% of all injuries), but the most common injury — in both the men’s (60% of all injuries) and the women’s (45%) game – is bruising.
FREE OF DOPING AGAIN
For the first time in FIFA Women’s World Cup history, no-advance-notice doping tests were conducted at the teams’ training camps. One team per group was drawn by lots. Six players from each of these teams were then tested, with four of those players also examined for traces of erythropoietin. All 24 tests were negative.
During the tournament itself, two players per team were tested after each match. All 128 tests, which were analysed at the WADA-accredited laboratory in Beijing, were also negative, which meant that the fifth FIFA Women’s World Cup was also completely free of doping. So far, there has not been a single positive test at a FIFA’s women’s event. FIFA has conducted a total of 4,543 urine tests at 40 competitions. Only four of these tests proved positive, which means that just 0.01% of all tests have been positive.