Volleyball has some of the highest participation scores than most other sports. In fact, it is second only to soccer in participation. Volleyball is one of those sports that can be played both indoors and outdoors. However, just like other sports, there are sometimes when you get volleyball injuries. A common injury is swollen knee or knee spain. It can be played by people of all ages and skill levels. Even if you did not know what the game is called, there is a fair chance that you have played it at least once in your life.
Volleyball became an Olympic sport back in the 1980s. It is a team sport, played on a court with a high net. The players are to create a “volley” by hitting the ball over the net. The team to win a rally scores a point regardless of which person in the team served. If you still cannot place the game, it is worth mentioning that it is the most popular beach sport. There are iconic scenes in movies and film that show beach volleyball scenes.
Volleyball is one of those sports that have a large majority of female participation. It is amongst the top most popular sports in females. It is played in interscholastic competitions and international tournaments. Each year more than 460,000 students in high school take part in these competitions. It is worthy to note that more than 410,000 are girls.
As the popularity and participation of sports increases, so does its rate of volleyball injuries. Like most other sports, volleyball has a tendency to amass quite a few of them. Injuries in volleyball are quite less in number as compared to other contact sports, but they do exist. It is necessary to be completely fit before you set foot on the court, in order to prevent volleyball injuries. In a survey, data was used from the files of the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program. The result of the survey includes volleyball as one of the most common causes of hospital emergencies. The results also show that only around 37% are male subjects in injuries related to volleyball. This makes volleyball a sport with the majority of female injuries.
Volleyball injuries are of two kinds, much like all other sports injuries out there; acute (traumatic) injuries and chronic (overuse) injuries. Acute injuries are accidental and instantaneous, often the cause of physical trauma or stress. Overuse injuries, as the name suggests, happen over a period of time. This makes them no less important in the matter of treatment. Although acute injuries require instant treatment and rehabilitation, it is overuse injuries that could be more dangerous. This is because they happen under the surface, without any obvious signs. They are insidious and cause problems for the body in the long run.
Some common volleyball injuries that require physical training and therapy include:
Most of the times, an overuse injury is exposed because of an acute volleyball injury in the early years. Take the case of young Jamie for example. Jamie is a twenty-two-year-old university student who has been playing volleyball since she was ten. She has a good form and makes sure she practices regularly and remains in good shape for the court. Having a good pre-game exercise regime can actually help with enhancing skill and balance throughout the game.
Jamie came into Pillars of Wellness after a fracture in her index finger. Finger injuries are common injuries in volleyball because of the specific techniques required in handling the ball; like digging and blocking. Jamie came into the clinic with the complaint that she still had problems moving her finger, even after the bone had set. She was given a physiotherapy regime to follow with the reassurance that this was completely normal. Sometimes, especially with extremities, it requires more exercise post-surgery in order to get it back to working condition. Physiotherapy works wonders in this regard, in removing pain and helping with faster rehabilitation.
It is necessary to seek out professional physiotherapy assistance as soon as an injury has taken place. Sometimes, it can bring to light other overuse injuries. For example, in Jamie’s case. She was brought into the clinic for treatment for her finger. But closer expert examination found out that she was developing a very slight deformation in her spine because of a lower back injury. There was no pain, but it would cause problems for her later in life. With proper rehabilitation and time, Jamie was back to playing the game she loves so much. This is why expert physiotherapy advice pays later in life: it makes the body healthy and you more aware of injury prevention.