We recommend a few general considerations for selecting your equipment in order to stay comfortable and minimize injury while playing volleyball. The basic equipment you will require for indoor volleyball are court shoes, but knee pads and ankle braces are regularly used by many players as well. For beach (outdoor) volleyball there is no special equipment required but you will need to plan for sun protection and hydration. Runners/Court Shoes:
Ankle Braces. The most common injury associated with a volleyball player is a sprained ankle. To avoid the problem, it is wise to invest in a good pair of ankle braces. Since braces have proven to lower injuries by 40 percent, certain volleyball team coaches mandate them.
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Many volleyball injuries can be prevented by following proper training guidelines and these tips: Use proper strength training techniques for the lower back, shoulders, and legs Use an external ankle support, such as an ankle brace or taping, to prevent the ankle from rolling over, especially if you have had a prior sprain
There are a number of things you can do to help prevent volleyball injuries, such as taking time to warm up and stretch and wearing knee pads and other safety equipment. Volleyball Injury Prevention - OrthoInfo - AAOS
Sprains and strains, most often around ankle, also occur. Finger injuries, such as dislocations and tendon tears, frequently occur during setting and blocking. Several strategies can help prevent volleyball injuries — from wearing appropriate safety equipment to careful inspection of the court.
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Tuck jumps. Strength training for the rotator cuff and scapular muscles of the shoulders also is important to prevent overuse injuries in volleyball. It increases the stability and strength of the shoulders, which is necessary for the repetitive movements of hitting, serving, and spiking the volleyball.
Here are some of our top volleyball safety ideas: Wear protective equipment – I usually recommend knee pads at the very minimum. It will keep your knees safe and prevent floor burns as well as bruises. The volleyball standards need to have padding on them to protect yourself. If wires are used to hold the poles in place, pads should be used on the wires as well.
Back Injuries. Lower back strain is the most common back injury from volleyball although usually, the pain dissipates after some rest and physical therapy. However, the repetitive hyperextension of the lower back during hitting and setting the ball can also place stress on the lower back bones.