Common volleyball injuries tend to hit areas like fingers, ankles, and knees. Let’s cover a few of these injuries so you can quickly identify them if they happen to you or your teammates.
Ankle Sprain/Strain An ankle sprain or strain is common in volleyball because of constant jumping and quick turns. If you feel pain suspect ankle strain, the best thing you can do for minimizing downtime is rest. If the pain doesn’t go away after a few day, it could mean you have more serious damage to your ankle and it’s time to see a doctor.
ACL Injury This injury occurs most often while you’re jumping and then landing badly. If you feel your knee pop and then become painful, this may be an indicator that you have strained or even torn your ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament ). This may require surgery to repair the ACL.
Jammed Finger Another highly common injury playing volleyball is dislocating your finger. The key here is to see whether you can bend your finger or not. If you can’t bend it at all, this could indicate you have a significant injury. Again, avoiding moving and seek the aid of a professional. If it is merely stiff, then ice could help reduce any pain or swelling.
Tendonitis The jumping nature of volleyball can cause you to experience patellar tendonitis. This happens when the tendon that connects your kneecap (patella) and shinbone (tibia) becomes inflamed.
Start by icing the area and temporarily reducing and/or avoiding volleyball for a period of time. If the pain continues or worsens, it’s time to see your doctor.
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