Physical Injuries in Volleyball 2023

July 5, 2023 is the seventh National Injury Prevention Day in Canada to raise awareness about the effects of predictable and preventable injuries.

No one wants to get injured while playing the sport that they love but it happens. We’ve taken this opportunity to review the typical injuries that occur with volleyball and how you might prevent them…

injuries at the 2023 provincial championships

In 2023, over 410 teams competed in 3 Youth Indoor Provincial Championships with 5145 athletes, 895 coaches, 210 referees, and thousands of spectators. We kept track of all injuries reported to the onsite first aid and physio providers so that we could build this snapshot of injuries that might occur at these type of events. 

We had a total of 115 reported and treated visits to First Aid across the 3 weekends of Provincial Championships. The vast majority were Players and female which is unsurprising given the larger number of girls teams. Most injuries related to the ankle or the knee, followed by the hand. Like in 2022, 70% of the reported injuries involved sprains or strains. Medical follow-up was advised in 13% of the injuries or recommended if the condition worsens in over 50% of cases.

For more information on the statistics we found click here.

As part of our Safe Sport Action Plan, we will be tracking the data we collect on physical injuries during VBC events and activities. This will allow us to:

  • Identify and monitor any trends over time.
  • Review our events and activities for any adaptions or changes needed to minimise injuries.
  • Provide education and information to athletes, coaches, and referees about injury prevention.