The 2016 Rio Olympics: Decoded

August 24th, 2016

This year’s Olympics in Rio have been nothing short of a wild ride – a nail biting roller coaster, for that matter – with the kind of excitement we all come to anticipate from the games. But when you have world-class athletes performing mind-bending feats of strength and agility, it’s pretty much a given that someone’s going to get hurt.

There have been some horrific injuries seen at the Games so far, ranging from weightlifting to equestrian to gymnastics. The Chicago Tribune takes a look at some of the worst injuries so far, including French gymnast Samir Ait Said’s sickening leg break in the vault…and we’ve also included some corresponding ICD-10 codes that may have come in handy for the athlete’s physicians.

  1. Elissa Downie of Great Britain competed Aug. 7 in the floor exercise during the women’s qualifying round for artistic gymnastics. She fell on her neck during the routine but recovered to help Great Britain make the finals. 43. Activity, gymnastics.
  2. Taylor Sander of the United States spiked the ball against Osmany Juantorena, Emanuele Birarelli and Simone Giannelli of Italy on Aug. 9, during the men’s qualifying volleyball match. Birarelli was injured during the game; NBC later reported he had a sprained ankle. 06XA. Struck by volleyball, initial encounter.
  3. Samir Ait Said of France vaults on his way to breaking his leg while competing in the artistic gymnastics qualifying round Aug. 6. The 26-year-old suffered a grisly double break when he missed his landing — leaving his lower leg dangling at a right angle. 1, Fracture of upper end of tibia.
  4. Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands competes in the women’s cycling road race Aug. 7. She suffered a concussion, fractured her spine in three places and received multiple bruises and scratches after flying over her handlebars during a turn. 0XXS, Explosion of bicycle tire, perhaps?
  5. Andranik Karapetyan of Armenia, while performing in the 77kg “clean and jerk” competition in the Riocentro Pavilion, experienced a particularly painful injury when he dislocated his elbow while attempting to lift 195kg (429 lbs). After extending his elbow too far, his arm bent the wrong way, causing it to almost fragment under the weight. B3, Activity, free weights.
  6. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya of Colombia and Vincenzo Nibali of Italy crash during the men’s road race Aug. 6. According to Cycling Weekly, Nibali broke his collarbone during the crash and flew back to Italy for surgery. 4, Activities involving bike riding.

One thing is for sure – it’s been a wild ride of thrills and spills so far during this year’s Olympics. It’s a good thing ICD-10 has pretty much any code imaginable to cover the injuries!