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Common Volleyball Injuries
Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
The rotator cuff muscles control rotation of the shoulder. They consist of the infraspinatus, teres minor and supraspinatus muscles.These muscles are put under a great deal of strain especially in sports where your arm is above your head a lot. A sudden sharp pain in the shoulder would indicate a possible rupture of a tendon, while a gradual onset is more likely to be inflammation .... more info
This is a condition found in Volleyball players and other 'overhead sports' where the nerve that runs along the top of the shoulder blade becomes compressed. It is thought to be caused by the "floater serve" where the player must stop the overhead follow through immediately after striking the ball.
Hand injuries are common when attempting to block a a spiked ball. Sprains and strains are most common, followed by fractures and contusions and dislocations with the thumb and little finger being most at risk. The metacarpophalangeal joint of the thumb is the most commonly injured ligament in the hand (known as a thumb sprain) along with finger sprains.
Patella Tendinitis (Jumpers Knee)
A common overuse injury resulting in pain on just below the bottom of the kneecap or patella. The patella tendon (or ligament as it is sometimes called) connects the kneecap to tibia bone. Under extreme stresses such as those involved in jumping a partial rupture can occur. This can often lead to inflammation and degeneration of the tissue. Symptoms include pain when pressing in at the bottom of the patella, aching and stiffness after training and pain when you contract the quadriceps muscles or jumping..... more info
The most common type of ankle injury is a sprain. A sprain is stretching and tearing of ligaments. (You sprain a ligament and strain a muscle). The most common damage done in ankle sprain is to the talo-fibula ligament. If the injury is worse you might also damage the calcanao-fibula ligament. In addition to the ligament damage you could well have damaged tendons as well..... more info
Back injuries account for up to 14% of all Volleyball Injuries. The back is placed under a huge amount of strain when jumping, bending backwards and twisting. Back injuries can be complex in nature and require the attention of expert and experienced therapists.
Other Common Injuries
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