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Volleyball Injuries

Eerkes, Kevin MD

doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e3182699037
Sport-Specific Illness and Injury: Section Articles

There has been a significant increase in the numbers of people playing indoor and beach volleyball since the early 1980s and, consequently, an increase in injuries. Most injuries are related to repetitive jumping and hitting the ball overhead. The ankle is the most commonly injured joint, but the knee, shoulder, low back, and fingers also are vulnerable. The shoulder in particular is subject to extreme torque when hitting and jump serving the ball. Some injuries have a predilection for those playing on sand versus those playing in an indoor court. The clinician caring for volleyball players should be aware of the types of injuries these players sustain and how to help them return to play promptly and appropriately. This article reviews the specific injuries that are most common as a result of participating in the sport of volleyball.

Address for correspondence: Kevin Eerkes, MD, New York University School of Medicine, 3rd Floor, 726 Broadway, New York, NY 10003; E-mail:

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