Summer is heating up and practice for the fall sports is getting started all around the country. One of the most popular of the fall sports is Volleyball so I wanted to talk a little about volleyball injuries over the next few weeks.

Volleyball is one of the most popular sports worldwide with some sites reporting it as the second most popular sport after soccer/football. It has been around since 1895 when William Morgan decided middle aged men needed something less strenuous then basketball and it is one of the few sports invented in the United States (along with Basketball and Baseball). The sport continues to change since its inception and we will continue to see its evolution as time passes.

Estimates of around 800 million people playing in 130 countries make volleyball one of the more popular sports and also make it one with high numbers of injuries yet it has one of the lowest injuries rates (in an NCAA study). About half of the injuries are acute and half are overuse. Around 60% of injuries are related to jumping and each player jumps around 300 times per game and each time could lead to an injury. The most common volleyball injuries include:

  • Ankle injuries
  • Finger sprains or dislocations
  • Knee sprains
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Shoulder tendonitis

We will be covering each of these injuries over the next few weeks and trying to give you a little insight into each. If you have questions please feel free to contact me at: drdrew@hanoversportsmedicine.com . Have a great and safe summer.