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Strategies for the prevention of volleyball related injuries
  1. J C Reeser1,
  2. E Verhagen2,
  3. W W Briner3,
  4. T I Askeland4,
  5. R Bahr5
  1. 1Department of Physical Medicine, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, WI, USA
  2. 2EMGO Institute, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  3. 3Sports Medicine Center, Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL, USA
  4. 4Norwegian Volleyball Federation, Oslo, Norway
  5. 5The Norwegian University of Sports and Physical Education and The Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Oslo, Norway
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Reeser
 Department of Physical Medicine, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, WI 54449, USA; reeser.jonathan{at}


Although the overall injury rate in volleyball and beach volleyball is relatively low compared with other team sports, injuries do occur in a discipline specific pattern. Epidemiological research has revealed that volleyball athletes are, in general, at greatest risk of acute ankle injuries and overuse conditions of the knee and shoulder. This structured review discusses both the known and suspected risk factors and potential strategies for preventing the most common volleyball related injuries: ankle sprains, patellar tendinopathy, and shoulder overuse.

  • ankle sprain
  • injury prevention
  • patellar tendinopathy
  • shoulder pain
  • volleyball

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  • Competing interests: none declared