Volleyball and injuries: what you need to know. Sport injuries in professional volleyball players is an interesting article from 2020, which relates volleyball and the injuries associated with it. Below is an abstract of the article: "Recently there has been a considerable surge in interest in volleyball by both physiotherapists and orthopedic surgeons.
Only few previous studies specified the nature, frequency, and demographics of volleyball injuries. The study was conducted during two league seasons. After the approvals of local bioethics committee and clubs` authorities, contact with the club's doctors was established.
A special survey was designed to standardize the process of acquiring data on a weekly basis. One-hundred-and-ninety-eight women and 301 men were under supervision of the research group. On average, 45% of all players (56% males and 26% females) suffered from injuries and musculoskeletal disorders over two seasons.
Relatively high incidence of injuries during matches was between 17.3 and 33.8 injuries per each 1000 hours of playing. Almost 50% of musculoskeletal problems occurred in the first phase of the season. Over 50% of musculoskeletal problems were reported during trainings.
The blockers are the most affected players in both sex groups. Acute injuries mainly involved knee and ankle joints, while chronic problems affected knee, shoulder, spine and abdominal muscles. Professional volleyball is not a safe sport, especially during a league season.
Attention should be especially paid to ankle, shoulder and knee joints, which are the most commonly injured structures. The study revealed that blockers were the most susceptible to injuries and should be protected by special training regime.
These findings can help to prepare sports medicine personnel and to guide further related research to prevent injuries among volleyball professionals."
Do limb asymmetries in young tennis players affect performance?
This interesting article in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Reasearch, entitled Interlimb Asymmetries in Youth Tennis Players: Relationships With Performance, relates performance and limb asymmetries in young tennis players.
Here is an abstract: "Madruga-Parera, M, Bishop, C, Fort-Vanmeerhaeghe, A, Beltran-Valls, MR, Gonzalo-Skok, O, and Romero-Rodríguez, D. Interlimb asymmetries in youth tennis players: relationships with performance.
J Strength Cond Res 34(10): 2815-2823, 2020-Change of direction speed (CODS) has been highlighted as a critical component of tennis. Interlimb asymmetries have been commonly studied in jump tests, but less attention given to the topic during CODS.
The aim of this study was to quantify interlimb asymmetries in jumping and CODS (during traditional and isoinertial tests) and establish their relationship with measures of physical performance. Twenty-two elite youth tennis players (16.3 ± 1.4 years) performed single-leg countermovement jump (SLCMJ), single-leg broad jump, and single-leg lateral jump, a double 180° turn CODS test, and shuffle lateral step and crossover step with an isoinertial resistance device.
Paired-samples t-tests revealed significant differences between limbs for all tests (p < 0.05). Interlimb asymmetry scores ranged from 1.83 to 15.03%, and a 1-way repeated-measures analysis of variance showed significant differences between interlimb asymmetry scores across multiple tests (p < 0.05).
Spearman's rank order r correlations showed significant negative relationships between CODS asymmetry and SLCMJ performance on both limbs (r = -0.50; p = 0.02 and r = -0.53; p = 0.01) and CODS performance on both limbs (r = 0.50; p = 0.02 and r = 0.63; p = 0.002).
These results show the test-specific nature of asymmetries in youth tennis athletes, with the SLCMJ presenting the greatest magnitude of asymmetry. Furthermore, interlimb differences during CODS were associated with reduced performance during jumping and CODS tests, suggesting the monitoring of asymmetries within this population may therefore be warranted."