Volleyball players are constantly using their shoulder to spike and hit the ball, so shoulder injuries are common. Sprains to the ankle are also common as players are repeatedly jumping and sliding. It’s important to learn how to properly hit the ball in order to prevent finger dislocations.
There are several ways to help prevent volleyball injuries.
- Wear appropriate safety equipment (knee pads).
- Make sure that you are in good physical condition. Be sure to exercise even during the off-season.
- Stretch and warm up before every practice and game.
- Cool down and stretch at the end of every practice and game. This can help reduce muscle soreness and increase flexibility.
- Always stay hydrated.
- OrthoInfo emphasizes the importance of wearing shoes that provide strong ankle and arch support.
- Always “call” the ball in order to prevent running into another player.