Spikes, Blocks and Ankle Sprains - Beach Volleyball is Here!
Reports from the FIVB (International Governing of Volleyball) indicate that over 800 million people of the world’s population participate in the game of volleyball. Volleyball is by far the most participated in sport with over 34 million in the United States and that statistic is from back in 1998. Whether it’s played on the court or on the beach, players use the same moves in high-octane fashion. They make rapid movements forward, backward, laterally and rotational with a significant amount of jumping included. This sport has gained so much in popularity that podiatrists can expect to see a continuing increase in related injuries and demand for treatment.
Whether played on the court or on the beach, ankle sprains account for nearly 60 percent of reported injuries caused when offensive and defensive players meet at the net. About half of the sprains occur when a defending blocker, who jumps later than a spiker, lands on the offensive player’s foot causing him or her to land off balance, which results in an inversion sprain. Usually a type one or type two sprain that requires:
The initial rest period is followed with weight bearing, physical therapy to regain range of motion and finally strength training before returning to the rigors of play. Sprains are not life threatening, nor should they be trivialized. It can take up to four and a half weeks to correct a sprain injury and return a player to the court in pre-injury condition.
There is plenty of injury potential to go around in this sport. In addition to foot and ankle injuries, players get treated for:
- Back injuries
- Patellar tendonitis
- Rotator cuff
- Fractured and dislocated fingers
- Quadriceps injuries
As in any physically demanding sport, injuries are going to happen. Players who have overcome injuries know where their weakness is. They may choose to wear a supportive brace if they have had an ankle inversion injury within the past year and are therefore ten times more likely to suffer a repeat injury.
The best injury prevention is targeted strength training. The back can be trained in strength as well as flexibility to avoid strains. Jump training to strengthen knees, and weight lifting for shoulders and arms. Shallow squats are recommended to strengthen quads.
You don’t have to be a pro to enjoy beach volleyball, but if you are injured, contact Dallas Podiatry Works. Drs. Brook and Northcutt can provide the professional evaluation and expert foot and ankle treatment you need. Call the Dallas office at (972) 566-7474 or the Plano office at (972) 943-3323. Their expert care will provide you with the best possible chance to get back in the game quickly and avoid a recurring injury.
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