Volleyball (both indoor and beach) is widely played in Australia across many age groups. Volleyball is a unique sport involving massive amounts of jumping and explosive overhead actions that can place a lot of stress on the body.
Typical injuries seen in volleyball athletes include;
- Patellofemoral pain
- Patellar tendinopathy
- Rotator cuff tendinopathy
- Acute ankle and knee injuries
- Lumbar stress reactions
- Finger and thumb injury
The overhead spike action in volleyball is very different to typical throwing actions seen in other sports, and places unique stresses on the shoulder in particular.
The average speed of a spike is over 100km/hr.
Unlike other sports, the volleyball spike also takes place entirely in the air. This not only requires flexibility but also demands high levels of strength and control.
Strength and power are needed in the abdominals, scapular musculature and the rotator cuff of the shoulder.
The impact associated with jumping and landing also places the knees and ankles at risk of pain and injury.
This can happen on the sand as well as on the court.
An average volleyball match can require over 100 jumps.
Every sport requires different biomechanics and skills. Therefore rehabilitation and injury prevention for every sport needs to be specific too!
RHP Physiotherapists have worked with State and National level volleyball programs. For expert knowledge in management and prevention of injuries related to the specific demands of volleyball, contact us now.
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