Volleyball is on the rise as a sport once more, with more than 460,000 students with more or less 90% (410,000) of them as females participating in the interscholastic volleyball league. As people participate more on this sport over the course of two decades, the number of people who had been injured by playing it had risen as well, with as much as 178,000 volleyball-related injuries treated in hospitals in 2012, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. This is to say that while compared to all other major sports, volleyball ranks lowest for injuries sustained by people playing it. Nonetheless, there are still risks involved in playing this game, which could be attributed to neglect, recklessness and inevitable circumstances.
Now, like other sports, volleyball injuries could either be classified as cumulative or acute. Cumulative injuries, otherwise known as overuse injuries, are inflicted over repetitive stress on muscles, joints and other soft tissues associated with playing volleyball. This is due to the fact that the player has neglected rest or they might have had over practiced, and the small ache they feel in the beginning may grow and finally turn into a debilitating injury if it's left alone. Acute or traumatic injuries are incurred because of force, unexpected impact and other outside factors that could lead to a dramatic turn of events. Collisions or violent actions are the chief reasons why acute injuries occur, and they could incapacitate a player completely in extreme circumstances.
Common injuries associated with volleyball are many, and the most common of them is the Rotator Cuff Tendinitis, due to the fact that rotator cuff muscles are vital in delivering the necessary force to ensure a good, properly-executed spike or serve. Tearing of these muscles isn't much of a problem among younger players, but nonetheless, these muscles could get tired and irritated with repeated abuse. Often, this is remedied or even prevented by resting, but this could be further treated by therapy to resolve the pain much faster.
Finger injuries are also common in a volleyball match, since blocking, setting and digging involve fingers that might sustain damage if incorrectly executed. These injuries could include fractures, dislocations and tendon and ligament tears. For players who can't bend their fingers properly, it's important to consult a sports therapist or athletic trainer. The treatments necessary for these cases may significantly vary according to the type of finger damage or its severity.
Volleyball injuries can be easily prevented, and most of the time all an athlete should do is to take care of their body properly and always put safety first. Proper strength training techniques for lower back, shoulders and legs could be necessary and external ankle support like brace or taping could save you from having a sprained ankle.