Volleyball players have the lowest rate of injuries when compared to other sports but the players are vulnerable to traumatic and overuse injuries.
Common Volleyball Injuries
The common volleyball injuries are:
Repetitive overhead motions, like serving,spiking and blocking, makes players prone to shoulder injuries like:
Blocking, setting and digging actions make use of fingers, which makes them prone to injuries like fractures, dislocations and tendon & ligament tears.
Blocking & spiking actions need the players near the net and it involves jumping and sometimes landing on other player’s foot causing ankle sprains, which can be associated with subtle fractures or cartilage injuries.
Constant jumping leads to:
Majority of Volleyball injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining and can be classified as:
Since volleyball players concentrate only on volleyball and perform less cross-training, leading to muscle imbalances, i.e., the regularly used muscles becomes stronger than the others.
Volleyball has a lot of landing and improper landing techniques cause injuries. Players must land with their knees over their toes and their hips back. If the players land with an increased knee bend or knees over the toes puts more strain the knees.
A lack of balance or body control leads to knee and ankle injuries since body control decreases injuries and increase power of hits and serves.
These injuries can be prevented by:
Be sure to be in good shape before playing.
Cold muscles are prone to injury. Always take time to do warm-ups like jumping jacks, stationary cycling or running or walking in place for 3-5 minutes. Then stretch for a couple of minutes.
Stretching is recommended at the end to reduce muscle soreness and keeping muscles long and flexible and reduce injury.
Body cannot cool itself through sweat and evaporation, if not hydrated enough. Drinking around 8 oz. cup of water every 20 minutes is recommended.
Playing volleyball outdoors require proper sun protection: sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.
Dr Banarji B.H, Best Orthopaedic Surgeon provides you quality accessible volleyball injury treatment to keep you in the game.