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Keith J. Cronin, DPT, OCS, CSCS
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My Child Just got Done with the Volleyball Season….Better Start Looking for Some Camps!

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The season is over, many weekends spent in various hotels around the country for your child’s select volleyball team. Great season!

Now here are the following options you consider for your child:

  1. Play soccer; no volleyball
  2. No activity whatsoever
  3. No soccer; training for volleyball
  4. No soccer; volleyball camps, volleyball training, volleyball practices with the team.

First choice, love it! Let the volleyball parts (particularly shoulder from swinger and knees from jumping and landing on hard surfaces) heal up. It is suggested that every athlete refrain from their PRIMARY SPORT AT LEAST 3 MONTHS IN A ROW OUT OF THE YEAR!!! This allows all the broken get fixed and strong again.

Second option, wouldn’t hurt to take a rest but keep your child active.  Year round participation isn’t bad; it just has to have some ebb and flow. An intense volleyball season followed by nothing, as opposed to non-competitive basketball or a recreational softball league, is not the best but again….a little rest couldn’t hurt.

#3 Not liking this. End volleyball and preparing for more volleyball? NOT LETTING THOSE PARTS HEAL UP. BAD IDEA!!! If there are any lingering injuries they will not heal and be carried into the next season.

Option #4: NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!!! 6-9 months of volleyball followed by more volleyball. This will break your child into a pile of damaged parts within a few years. When you do something 12 months a year without a break it is called A JOB!
Whatever sport you child plays do not follow the pattern of #4.


Overuse Injuries

I agree that a child or adolescent needs to take at least 3 months off from their primary sport every year to allow his or her body to heal. Overuse injuries have become an epidemic in youth sports as more and more kids, unfortunately, play sports on a year-round basis. Cross-training using different muscles is best. Whatever happened to the two or three sport athlete that used to be the rule and is now, in this age of single-sport specialization, the exception.