Volleyball is a growing sport in the United States. It is no longer just a women’s sport that is played indoors. With the increasing popularity in beach volleyball and the men’s game, both indoor and outdoor, more people are flocking to the sport.
As with all sports, the risk of injury is present and with volleyball, injuries are common with joints and muscles throughout the body. Chiropractic care, especially when provided by a sports chiropractor, is beneficial for volleyball players because it can address both acute (new) and chronic (old) injuries to all areas of the body.
Did you know that most volleyball injuries result from overuse? An overuse injury in sport is an injury to a joint or muscle resulting from repetitive trauma. In volleyball, overuse injuries are common in the knees and ankles from jumping and in the shoulder from attacking and serving. Chiropractic care is a great resource for treating overuse injuries because not only can the musculature be addressed, but the joints can be as well. Proper joint alignment from chiropractic adjustments in the spine and extremities maintains the biomechanic integrity of the body which reduces impact forces in the joints. Soft tissue treatments such as instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), dry needling, and cupping can help resolve overuse injuries by providing a controlled re-injury to the tissues bringing more blood flow into the affected area thus promoting healing.
Common overuse injuries in volleyball:
Patellar tendinitis (knee): 80%
Low back: 10-14%
Acute injuries can also occur while playing volleyball. These are new injuries and are often more severe than chronic/overuse injuries. Seeking evaluation and treatment from a sports chiropractor as soon as possible following an acute injury is imperative to recovery time. Take an ankle sprain for example. Research shows that adjusting the joints of the ankle and foot as soon as possible following an ankle sprain will reduce recovery time by several days which allows for a quicker return to play. Treatment of acute injuries should not be taken lightly by the athlete, coaches, or parents. If acute injuries remain untreated or are not treated properly, they can become a chronic issue that may impact performance.
Common acute injuries in volleyball:
Injuries are par for the course for most athletes. How they are managed and treated can mean the difference between excelling in sport or being plagued by re-injury. Chiropractic care can address all musculoskeletal injuries, whether acute or chronic, and help return an athlete to play faster and better than before.