An introduction of Volleyball injury

Medical Consultant

Post: 2010-02-01

Compared to aggressive contact sports, volleyball is relatively safe. Because of its safety, over 800 million people in the world indulge in volleyball. However, U.S Consumer Safety Product Commission reported there were approximately 172,000 volleyball-related injuries in 2001.

There are several factors which cause volleyball injuries, such as repetitive jumping, changing direction and high impact movements. Because volleyball is an intense sport, its repetitive movements (jumping, twisting and turning to change direction) place high impact on the ankles and knees. Overhead movements, such as serving and spiking, cause the low back and shoulders to hyper-extend. This hyperextension results in development of shoulder muscle impingement or back muscle fatigue. Clinically, it is thought that the most common volleyball-related injury is ankle sprain, followed by back muscle strain, patellar and shoulder tendinitis.

Ankle injury is approximately 50% of acute volleyball-related injuries. The injury mechanism is particularly associated with an excessive foot supination. This usually occurs when a volleyball player’s foot lands on another player’s foot that crosses the net.

Prevention of volleyball-related injuries includes improvement of flexibility, muscular strength and skill. In addition, balance reaction and proprioception training programs are effective to maintain foot position while the player’s foot steps over another's foot. To enhance ankle stability and prevent sprain, a strong ankle brace is recommended to protect ankle joint.

LP Ankle Supports stabilize ankle joint and defend against excessive impact and reaction force from the ground. The Ankle Defense 3(LP 585) is made from high-quality CoolPrene® material which can withstand excessive stretch to muscles and ligaments and regulate skin humidity and temperature during exercise. The dynamic U-shell provides excellent stabilization and restricts the motion of ankle inversion/eversion in the ideal range without limiting jumping movement. It also controls the movements of calcaneus varus or valgus to reduce secondary ankle sprain due to overstretching of ligaments.

The combination of these unique features in the LP 585 provides comfortable and reliable stability to volleyball players so they can enjoy this sport without pain and injury while wearing LP ankle supports.

LP 585
Ankle Defender 3