Volleyball can be one of the hardest sports on a person’s knees. Jumping, lunging and twisting on a hard surface is hard enough, but athletes who play on an unstable, sandy surface are even more prone to knee injury. If you’re prone to knee injury or are rehabilitating an existing knee problem, our trained experts recommend the DonJoy Reaction WEB Knee Brace.
Anterior knee pain is caused by jumpers’ knee and can make the front of the knee extremely painful when overused or overextended. The unique webbing design absorbs shock to the knee while you’re playing to prevent and protect from injury. The brace shifts the weight away from the knee to lessen any pain, so you can play as you normally would, without the risk of injury. Additionally, the webbing (available in a number of different colors) over the knee moves and flexes how you do, adding comfort and stability.
While you may be used to the discomfort of a traditional knee brace, you’ll love the brace’s adjustable and comfortable open framework. An undersleeve is also included with the brace, adding for even more comfort during use. Whether you’re rehabbing or trying to prevent an injury, wearing the DonJoy Reaction WEB Knee Brace is a great way to avert any further damage.
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!