Volleyball and Neck Pain. June 6, 2013 / 20 Comments / in Causes, Neck Injuries, Prevention / by LMatthews. The sun is shining, you’re in your best beach attire, you’re working up a sweat (and a tan) with some beach volleyball and neck pain strikes. Don’t end up sitting this season out; make sure to avoid injuries by following these simple steps to have fun in the sun and do some great smashes over that volleyball net.
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Indoor volleyball tends to have a greater incidence of patellar tendinitis, whereas beach volleyball has a lesser tendency of this injury owing to the softness of sand, the decreased jump height and less of an eccentric load on the quadriceps when landing.
Acute knee injuries may occur in volleyball, such as anterior cruciate ligament injury (Ferretti et al. 1992), leading to much longer recovery times than chronic/overuse injuries. These injuries may be related to a direct contact mechanism in players in frontline positions (blockers and attackers at the net).
Neck injuries are usually associated with high-velocity collisions between players, causing acceleration or deceleration of the head on the neck. Acceleration often causes a whiplash type of extension force on the neck, while deceleration often results in flexion forces.
The rates for injuries requiring surgery are 0.1 and 0.2 for practice and game injuries respectively (lowest of the sports rated). Basically, volleyball is a very safe sport. I agree with AETBOND417 that a direct blow to the neck by a volleyball is unlikely to be able to cause this type of injury. The one possibility I see is not from a shot to the neck but rather from hyperextension of the neck by a shot to the head or face.
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Sometimes the pain is felt in the upper back or shoulder area. "The first symptom of a neck injury may be pain in the area of the shoulder blades," says Dr. Gotlin. Spasms.
Volleyball injuries are generally defined as either acute and traumatic or overuse injuries. Acute or traumatic injuries occur due to a sudden force, or impacts, such as a fall or a stumble. Overuse injuries occur over time due to stress on the muscles, joints and soft tissues without proper time for healing. They begin as a small, nagging ache or pain, and can grow into a nasty debilitating injury if they aren’t treated early.
This can be a sign of rotator cuff tendinitis or impingement. Immediate sharp pain after a hard swing, fall, or awkward hit should also be a red flag. Common injuries that occur are muscle tears, labral tears and subluxations (partial dislocation).
The second injury I want to highlight in our list of volleyball injuries is shoulder pain in a volleyball player. This usually occurs in the arm that is used for attacking and serving and is due to the repetitions in volleyball. Throughout the season, players swing at a volleyball thousands of times.