Volleyball has seen tremendous growth over the past decade at all levels, as witnessed by the increasing number of high school and college teams. Of course, increased competition and physical demands also means an increased number of volleyball-related injuries. While volleyball injuries rank relatively low among major sporting injuries, volleyball players are at risk for both cumulative (from overuse) and acute (from sudden impact) injuries. Our orthopedic surgeons and specialists, athletic trainers, and physical and occupational therapists at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offer world-class diagnoses and treatments to help everyone from student athletes to weekend warriors and elite professionals overcome their injury and get back on the court.

Common Volleyball Injuries
Volleyball’s repetitive overhead motions, such as spiking, blocking and jumping, can cause a wide range of injuries. Below are some of the areas of the body and the specific injuries a volleyball player may encounter.

  • Shoulder:
    • Rotator cuff tendonitis
    • Shoulder dislocation
  • Hand or wrist:
    • Jammed fingers
    • Wrist sprains
  • Knee or leg:
    • Patellar tendonitis (known as jumper’s knee)
    • Knee sprain
    • Torn meniscus
    • Torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligament (ACL/PCL)
    • Shin splints (lower leg pain), stress reactions and stress fractures 
  • Foot or ankle:
    • Achilles tendonitis
    • Ankle sprains
    • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain due to inflammation of the thick ligament of the base of the foot)
  • Lower back pain 

Volleyball Safety and Injury Prevention Tips

We advise you to schedule a pre-season physical exam to identify any orthopedic issues before they become problems. Follow the steps listed below to ensure a healthy and successful volleyball season.

  • Focus on strength training for shoulders, lower back and legs.
  • Warm up and stretch before every game and practice session, and cool down afterward.
  • Wear an ankle brace or tape your ankle to prevent ankle rolls, especially if you have suffered prior sprains.
  • Avoid jumping on hard surfaces.
  • If you need to wear glasses while playing or practicing, make sure the lenses are shatterproof or wear glass guards.
  • Be prepared for emergencies on the court with a first-aid kit, a supply of ice and the phone number of your team physician or the nearest medical facility.

 Trust our team of sports injury specialists at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine to remove you from the injured list and provide you with the knowledge to help prevent future injuries.