Bump, Set, Spike, Part 2

Prevention: Like any other injury, ice is always a first treatment that should be administered with any type of finger or toe sprain. Most finger or toe sprains can be managed by splinting or protective taping. The best way to tape is called buddy taping. This is when the injured finger is taped together with the adjacent finger.

However, the buddy taping technique doesn’t work with the metoacarpophalangeal joint (the thumb joint) and requires a different taping technique. Another way to prevent this type of injury is to wear protective clothing. Often times when the volleyball player is reacting to a dig or spike, their thumb often may get stuck in the short pocket. This mechanism will forcefully hyperextend the thumb. Athletes should wear shorts that stretch, like Lycra, with no pockets that will allow the athlete to move freely.

Knee and Meniscus Tear
There are many different structures involved in a knee injury. The athlete should always have any knee injury assessed by a doctor or trainer because any premature return to play may cause a mild injury to be exacerbated (made worse) and possibly lead to further damage that cannot be treated with conservative care (non-surgery). Severe ligamentous injury and meniscus injury usually requires surgery.

Prevention: A knee injury cannot always be prevented. Genetic predisposition or other extrinsic factors (such as a blow to the knee) cannot be calculated or controlled.

What the athlete can control is proper nutrition and training, which will vary depending on the athlete’s weak areas.

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