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Sports 2017, 5(2), 26; doi:10.3390/sports5020026

Injuries in Collegiate Women’s Volleyball: A Four-Year Retrospective Analysis

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Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29409, USA
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Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, Department of Sport, Exercise, Recreation, and Kinesiology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN 37614, USA
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Academic Editor: Patria Hume
Received: 31 January 2017 / Revised: 20 April 2017 / Accepted: 5 May 2017 / Published: 10 May 2017
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Abstract

A four-year retrospective analysis of injury data was conducted on a collegiate (NCAA Division I) women’s volleyball team. Twenty athletes (Year 1: age = 19.4 ± 0.9 y, height = 175.2 ± 5.1 cm, body mass = 70.5 ± 10.2 kg; Year 2: age = 20.1 ± 1.0 y, height = 175.7 ± 4.7 cm, body mass = 69.5 ± 10.1 kg; Year 3: age = 20.1 ± 1.4 y, height = 173.8 ± 6.3 cm, body mass = 69.9 ± 10.8 kg; Year 4: age = 19.5 ± 1.4 y, height = 174.4 ± 8.6 cm, body mass = 72.7 ± 10.8 kg) participated in this study, accounting for 1483 total training exposures. Injury was defined as any damage to a body part, incurred during volleyball or strength and conditioning-related activities, which interfered with training and/or competition. Injury rate was normalized to the number of athletes and exposure and expressed as injuries per 1000 exposures. A total of 133 injuries were recorded. The most common injury was to the knee (left = 7.5%, right = 12.0%). Injuries occurred most often in volleyball practice (75.2%), followed by competition (20.3%), and strength and conditioning-related activities (4.5%). Non-contact injuries (upper body = 26.3%, lower body = 53.4%) were more common than contact injuries (upper-body = 13.5%, lower-body = 6.8%). An examination of injury rates relative to the training year revealed patterns in injury occurrence. Specifically, spikes in injury rate were consistently observed during periods of increased training volume that were preceded by breaks in organized training, such as the early pre-season and off-season training periods. View Full-Text
Keywords: injury; time-series; athlete monitoring; volleyball injury; time-series; athlete monitoring; volleyball
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Sole, C.J.; Kavanaugh, A.A.; Stone, M.H. Injuries in Collegiate Women’s Volleyball: A Four-Year Retrospective Analysis. Sports 2017, 5, 26.

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