A one season prospective cohort study of volleyball injuries

Verhagen, E. A. L. M., Van der Beek, A. J., Bouter, L. M., Bahr, R. M. and Van Mechelen, W. (2004) A one season prospective cohort study of volleyball injuries. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 38 4: 477-481. doi:10.1136/bjsm.2003.005785

Author Verhagen, E. A. L. M.
Van der Beek, A. J.
Bouter, L. M.
Bahr, R. M.
Van Mechelen, W.
Title A one season prospective cohort study of volleyball injuries
Journal name British Journal of Sports Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-3674
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1136/bjsm.2003.005785
Volume 38
Issue 4
Start page 477
End page 481
Total pages 5
Place of publication England
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Language eng
Subject 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Formatted abstract
Objective: To estimate the overall incidence of acute and overuse volleyball injuries, and to describe factors associated with ankle sprains.

Methods: 486 players from the second and third Dutch national volleyball divisions participated in the study and were followed prospectively during a whole season. Three measurements were made during the season (baseline, follow up 1, and follow up 2), where all players completed a questionnaire on demographic variables (only at baseline), sports participation, use of preventive measures, and previous injuries. Volleyball exposure during training and matches was recorded for each individual player by the coach on a weekly exposure form. In case of injury the coach provided the injured player with an injury registration form, which had to be completed within one week after the onset of injury.

Results: 100 injuries were reported, resulting in an overall injury incidence of 2.6 injuries/1000 hours. The incidence of acute injuries was 2.0/1000 hours. Ankle sprains (n = 41) accounted for most of the acute injuries, and 31 (75%) of all players with an ankle sprain reported a previous ankle sprain. Twenty five overuse injuries were reported. The overall incidence of overuse injuries was 0.6/1000 hours; the back and the shoulder were the most common sites.

Conclusions: Ankle sprain is the most common injury in volleyball, accounting for 41% of all volleyball related injuries. Previous injury seems to be an important risk factor for an ankle sprain. Injury prevention programmes should focus on ankle sprains and concentrate on players with previous ankle sprains.
Keyword volleyball
prospective study
ankle injury
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
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