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An analysis of volleyball injuries in female athletes in grades nine through twelve

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Background: Identifying the prevalence and severity of specific injuries associated with volleyball can lead to effective injury prevention interventions and educational programs. Objective: To analyze injury trends with women’s volleyball grades 9-12. Design: A 3-year retrospective analysis was performed from data collected by certified athletic trainers via weekly web based submission. Intervention: Injury definitions were standardized prior to the medical documentation, defined by something that results from participation in completion or practice, requires medical attention, and results in restriction and/or modification in participation for one or more days beyond the date of injury. Main Outcome Measurements: Measurements were recorded based upon each exposure. Results: 30,366 total exposures were recorded, with thirty-one documented injuries. 35.5% of the documented injuries involved the ankles followed by knees and thumbs with 13%. 66.67% of injuries occurred during non-contact skills practices, 24% occurred to middle blockers, 19% occurred due to jumping and landing and 26% occurred toward the end of practice. For every one-thousand exposures, 0.964 injuries occurred during a practice session and 0.698 injuries occurred during a match Conclusion: Female grades 9-12 volleyball injuries appear low overall in prevalence and severity.

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Dr. Jeff Konin

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An analysis of volleyball injuries in female athletes in grades nine through twelve

Background: Identifying the prevalence and severity of specific injuries associated with volleyball can lead to effective injury prevention interventions and educational programs. Objective: To analyze injury trends with women’s volleyball grades 9-12. Design: A 3-year retrospective analysis was performed from data collected by certified athletic trainers via weekly web based submission. Intervention: Injury definitions were standardized prior to the medical documentation, defined by something that results from participation in completion or practice, requires medical attention, and results in restriction and/or modification in participation for one or more days beyond the date of injury. Main Outcome Measurements: Measurements were recorded based upon each exposure. Results: 30,366 total exposures were recorded, with thirty-one documented injuries. 35.5% of the documented injuries involved the ankles followed by knees and thumbs with 13%. 66.67% of injuries occurred during non-contact skills practices, 24% occurred to middle blockers, 19% occurred due to jumping and landing and 26% occurred toward the end of practice. For every one-thousand exposures, 0.964 injuries occurred during a practice session and 0.698 injuries occurred during a match Conclusion: Female grades 9-12 volleyball injuries appear low overall in prevalence and severity.