What is your sport: Beach Volleyball
Beach volleyball originates from indoor volleyball. It’s thought that the first beach volleyball game took place on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii in 1915. The popularity of the sport grew throughout the following decades. Today, it’s an internationally recognized sport with its own international governing body, the FIVB.
Essentially, beach volleyball is played by two teams with two players on a sandy court with a net in between. The objective is to get the ball over the net and land in the opposing team’s court. Only three touches are allowed before the ball must be sent over the net. With simple rules, beach volleyball has quickly become a popular sport for various activity levels, as well as a fun spectator sport in person and on T.V.
For athletes to become successful in beach volleyball, they must learn to master various skills, including passing, spiking, setting, blocking, digging, and serving. Mentally, athletes’ must be quick on their feet and quick to make decisions in the moment.
Main Muscles Used in Beach Volleyball:
Hamstrings, Quadriceps, Glutes, Hip Flexors, Pectoralis Muscles, Latissimus Dorsi, Abdominals, The Rotator Cuff Muscles, and Calves.
Common Muscle Injuries from Beach Volleyball:
The most common beach volleyball injuries include:
- Rotator Cuff Injuries: Serving and spiking require engagement of the rotator cuff muscles. These muscles frequently become irritated from overuse and repetitive use. As a result, tendonitis of the rotator cuff muscles is common in beach volleyball players.
- Finger Injuries: Sprains, fractures, dislocation, and tears are common in the fingers and their surrounding tissues.
- Ankle Sprains: Due to the uneven terrain of the sand and the focus required on the ball, ankle sprains are another common injury in volleyball.
- Patellar Tendonitis: This condition is inflammation of the tendon that attaches your kneecap to your shin bone. Jumping in beach volleyball may result in this type of injury.
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury: Landing awkwardly from a jump may result in this painful and unwanted injury.
- Low Back Pain: The most common cause of this from volleyball is due to muscle or ligament strains or sprains.
How Can You Alleviate Your Beach Volleyball Injuries?
If pain occurs and persists, stop play and get the affected area checked out by a trained professional. Pushing through the pain could result in further injury. Giving your body adequate time to rest and heal is of utmost importance.
At Athlete’s Choice Massage, our registered massage therapists are ready to help you get back on the beach and back to spiking. Our therapists are trained in a wide array of specialities, including massage, orthopaedic assessment, manual osteopathy, acupuncture, sports taping, and more. Get the right treatment you need so that you can get back to the sport you know and love. Book your next appointment online today.
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