Young volleyball players are prone to lower back pain and injuries. A physical therapist lists the warning signs of a potentially serious back problem and offers tips for keeping players on the court and back-pain free.
coaches can help prevent common volleyball injuries by promoting proper warm-up, stretching
and strengthening exercises, as well as paying close attention to the
proper techniques, footwear, braces and pads to play
Ankle sprains are the most common
injury in high school volleyball, and the most common acute injury. A new study, however,
suggests that volleyball players who wear ankle braces can reduce the
risk of first-time ankle sprains, with rigid or semi-rigid braces more effective for girls.
Which high school sports pose the highest risk of severe injury? Football leads the list, slightly more than wrestling and more than twice the rate in girls' basketball and girls' soccer. The safest of the nine studied? Girls volleyball.
While skin infections, including MRSA, are reported most often in sports with frequent physical contact, skin contact or activities that may lead to the spread of MRSA skin infections may take place before or after participation in a sport with little physical contact. Therefore, anyone participating in organized or recreational sports should be
aware of the signs of possible skin infections and follow prevention
Dr. Robert Cantu says it is extremely important that parents and athletes recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion.
Not only do athletes need to self-report symptoms, says Dr. Cantu, but
they should let the coaching and medical staff know if a teammate is experiencing symptoms. It just might save his life.