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Doctor insights on: Volleyball Injuries

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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I'm a volleyball player and have had a shoulder injury for a while now. Anytime i swing in a game, it pains as if the ball has removed from the socket?

I'm a volleyball player and have had a shoulder injury for a while now. Anytime i swing in a game, it pains as if the ball has removed from the socket?

Need Exam: A number of possibilities but at the top at your age and with your description is impingement syndrome (rotator cuff injury) and should be evaluated soon in order to preserve your level of functioning and prevent further injury. See a good sports medicine or orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What to do about a thumb injury while playing volleyball?

What to do about a thumb injury while playing volleyball?

See your doc: Your physician can help to figure out whether the injury is bone related or soft tissue and whether a specialist is needed. ...Read more

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I rolled my ankle at volleyball and cont'd to play I then re rolled it twice the day after and con't for the day. What are injuries and doctor or no?

I rolled my ankle at volleyball and cont'd to play I then re rolled it twice the day after and con't for the day.  What are injuries and doctor or no?

Yes: Injuries are most likely a lateral ankle sprain probably grade 1 you may have some lateal ankle instability. Recommend ice, rest and some sort of brace or taping to protect the ankle from reinjury. ...Read more

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Will continuing to play volleyball on a minor high ankle sprain exacerbate the injury and force me to have surgery?

Will continuing to play volleyball on a minor high ankle sprain exacerbate the injury and force me to have surgery?

See below : For any injury, the best course is the riice mnemonic ( rest, ice, ibuprofen, compression and elevation). The more you play on the ankle before it is completely healed, the more likely you are to worsen the injury and increase the likelihood of a permanent disability. As for surgery, that depends on the injury. For any ligamentous injury, recuperation time can be a long time - 1 to 2 months. ...Read more

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Pain in abs after playing volleyball?

Pain in abs after playing volleyball?

Exercise related: What you are experiencing is known as exercise related transient abdominal pain. It is a well localized pain that may occur in any region of the abdomen, but is most common in the lateral aspects of the mid abdomen. When severe it is mostly described as a sharp or stabbing pain, and in form of cramping, aching, or pulling when less intense. ...Read more

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Got hit in the face with a volleyball. How do I reduce the swelling?

Got hit in the face with a volleyball. How do I reduce the swelling?

Natural healing: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. The key is to do things that reduce the parts of inflammation such as ice and antiinflammatory medications in the first 24hrs. It will reduce quickly. ...Read more

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How tall are those women in olympic basketball and volleyball? Are they normal girls?

How tall are those women in olympic basketball and volleyball? Are they normal girls?

Very Tall: Here are the heights of some of the american team players. I don’t think any are girls. I believe all are women. I don't think they are normal - i think they are extraordinary. Volleyball: k.Walsh – 6’3’’, may- treanor – 5’9’’, j. Kessy – 6’0”, a. Ros- 6’1”. Basket ball: t. Catching- 6’1”, s. Cash- 6’1”, l. Whalen- 5’9”, s. Bird- 5’9”, m. Moore – 6’0”, c. Parker- 6’4”, d. Taurasi- 6’0”. ...Read more

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Can wear my contacts for playing volleyball?

Can wear my contacts for playing volleyball?

Yes: Yes, we actually recommend most of our athletes with vision issues wear (disposable) contacts during sports. It's also a good idea to have a spare set handy if you lose one or need to replace one. ...Read more