3 Tips to Prevent Volleyball Injuries

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.

I have several friends who actively play recreational volleyball. One friend in particular, Clarence, is fairly tall – great for volleyball, not so great for his joints. He has to be careful to not to overdo things when playing.

The lateral movement and repetitive jumping during volleyball sets up the perfect scenario for injuries to occur… especially with taller athletes whose body frames may put more strain on their joints.

Here are three tips to help prevent volleyball injuries:

1. Warmup before games – Make sure that you stretch and take a light jog before games. This gets your muscles and joints ready for action. Some trainers recommend a light stretch, then a light jog, then more stretching.

2. Ensure that you have the proper gear – Check the wear and tear of your shoes and socks. Wear knee pads and elbow pads to protect yourself when diving. (Check out our selection of knee pads and elbow pads for volleyball.)

3. Wear volleyball braces and supports – If you have previous ankle or knee injuries, it’s smart to wear a volleyball brace or support to help protect your joints from re-injury. They may also help prevent injuries from occurring the first time. While volleyball supports won’t guarantee that you won’t get hurt, they do help lower your risk.

Recreational volleyball is enjoyable – I’ve had the pleasure of watching Clarence participate in some intense games. But be sure to stay safe while playing!

Volleyball Thumb Injuries

Injuries to the hand occur very often in volleyball, especially when blocking a spiked ball. The thumb is especially susceptible to injury because it takes the brunt of the force from the ball, leading to sprains and strains… and in some cases even fractures. The most common of these thumb injuries is a thumb sprain.

Thumb sprains occur when the ligaments in the joint are stretched beyond their natural range of motion or during impact to the hand. This can lead to pain when moving the thumb, as well as swelling and a “loose” feeling in the joint. The best thing to do to help the thumb rehabilitate is to allow it to rest. This may mean up to 4 to 6 weeks away from the volleyball court. Your doctor may recommend a thumb support. These thumb supports help immobilize the thumb to give the ligaments time to heal.

Your doctor may also recommend cold therapy and compression on the thumb area. In some cases, rehabilitation with thumb strengthening exercises could also be used. It’s important to treat the injury so that your thumb restores stability and has less chance of being injured again during a future volleyball match

If you’ve injured your thumb during volleyball or any other activity, and are looking for extra support, check out our thumb braces today!

The Best Volleyball Knee Protection

When the ball falls extremely low during volleyball, a player can dive to save the ball from hitting the floor. This can lead to volleyball knee injuries and pain. Luckily, you can get knee pads and knee braces that will help cushion the impact of the ground with your knees.

The best volleyball knee pad is the DonJoy Spider Knee Pad. It has a unique honeycomb design that contours to your knee, so you’ll barely know it’s there. DonJoy Spider knee pads are made from high-impact resistant foam to provide maximum cushioning protection for volleyball players.

A leading volleyball knee brace is the DonJoy Armor Knee Brace with Standard Hinge. It’s great for active individuals and doesn’t inhibit movement the way most knee braces do. Even though it’s lightweight, the DonJoy Armor is knee brace is strong and will help prevent knee injures on the volleyball court.

Keep giving it your all next time you’re playing volleyball – just make sure you have the proper knee protection with you!