DIVING IN SOCCER. What percentage of soccer injuries in international games are faked? Apparently most of them. A recent study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center of video recordings of women’s soccer games played at the international level investigated diving in soccer. They reviewed incidents in which a player behaved as if injured. Of these, they found that only 13.7 percent of apparent injuries met their definition for a “definite injury”. Remarkably this indicates that a higher percentage of injuries in a women’s game are genuine than in a men’s game. A similar study of men’s international games in 2010 found that the comparable percentage of definite injuries was only 7.2% of apparent injuries.

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