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Table 3 Distribution of all self-reported injuries/illnessesa that affected the participant's ability to exercise during the studies.

From: The influence of exercise and BMI on injuries and illnesses in overweight and obese individuals: a randomized control trial

Months All self-reported injuries and illnessesa
  Number of individuals (%) Reports (%)
  0-6
(n = 384)
6-12
(n = 325)
12-18
(n = 277)
0-18
(n = 986)
Injury/Illness     
   Lower body musculoskeletal 71 (18) 72 (22) 62 (22) 205 (21)
   Cold/Flu/Respiratory 67 (17) 66 (20) 40 (14) 173 (18)
   Back pain/injury 32 (8) 39 (12) 24 (9) 95 (10)
   Allergies 13 (3) 15 (5) 9 (3) 37 (4)
   Surgery 18 (5) 11 (3) 7 (3) 36 (4)
   Upper body musculoskeletal 13 (3) 8 (2) 11 (4) 32 (3)
   GI Condition 13 (3) 7 (2) 9 (4) 29 (3)
   Other b 12 (3) 18 (6) 15 (5) 57 (6)
Any injury/illness 175 c (46) 151 c (46) 123 c (44) 449 c (46)
How long injury/illness affected exercise participation?     
   1 week 63(36) 34(23) 17(14) 114 (25)
   2-4 weeks 62(35) 58(38) 48(39) 168 (37)
   1-2 months 31(18) 21(14) 15(12) 67 (15)
   2-3 months 7(4) 18(12) 11(9) 36 (8)
   3-4 months 5(3) 5(3) 11(9) 21 (5)
   4-5 months 1(< 1) 4(3) 5(4) 10 (2)
   5-6 months 4(2) 10(7) 15(12) 29 (6)
   Missing 2(< 1) 1(< 1) 1(< 1) 4(< 1/)
How much was your exercise affected?     
   I was unable to exercise 64(37) 69(46) 47(38) 180 (40)
   I was able to exercise but had to reduce the amount or intensity 92(53) 75(50) 71(58) 238 (53)
   I was able to exercise the usual amount but with some difficulty 12(7) 6(4) 4(3) 22 (5)
   My exercise participation was unaffected 7(4) 1(< 1) 1(< 1) 9 (2)
To what extent was this injury/illness caused by your participation in exercise?     
   Not at all 115(66) 81(54) 70(57) 266 (59)
   A little 26(15) 30(20) 25(20) 81 (18)
   Moderately 16(9) 10(7) 9(7) 35 (8)
   Quite a bit 14(8) 13(9) 9(7) 36 (8)
   Entirely 4(2) 17(11) 10(8) 31 (7)
  1. a Participants could report more then one injury or illness Participants may or may not have attributed these injuries and illnesses to exercise.
  2. b Injuries/illnesses that afflicted less than 1% of the study population included cardiovascular, headaches, arthritis, mental health conditions, dental, endocrinology, infections, sore muscles, asthma, anemia, and cancer.
  3. c Denominators for the subsequent percentages in this column