The results from a new study on injuries among professional beach volleyball players the FIVB Beach Volleyball Injury Study were presented at the 2002 Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in St. Louis on May 30th.
The aim of the study was to describe the incidence and pattern of injuries in beach volleyball at the elite international level for men and women during the 2001 FIVB World Tour.
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A number of research studies have been conducted to characterize the injury pattern in competitive indoor volleyball during the past two decades, but although beach volleyball has been recognized as an Olympic sport since 1996, very little is known about its injury patterns. The study was conducted by interviewing the participants at the FIVB World Championships in Klagenfurt, Austria in August 2001. In addition, injuries were recorded at five tournaments during the World Tour season.
The study shows the rate of acute time-loss injuries in beach volleyball to be considerably lower than most other team sports similar to that seen in indoor volleyball. The injury pattern also resembles that of indoor volleyball, but with fewer ankle sprains. Overuse injuries affecting the low back, knees and shoulder represent a significant source of disability and impaired performance for professional beach volleyball players.
The principal investigators for the study are prof. Roald Bahr from the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center and dr. Jonathan Reeser from the Department of Physical Medicine, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin, USA. Both investigators are members of the FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball) Medical Commission.
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