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Volleyball – Summary of Injury Incidence Rates
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Type of ExposureLevel of Play
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Male and Female
Junior (15-18 Years of Age)
Senior (>18 Years of Age)Elite
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Overall
1.7 to 10.7 injuries/1000 hours
4.0 injuries/1000 hours11.9 injuries/1000 hours
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Game2.6 to 4.1 injuries/1000 hours3.8 injuries/1000 hours
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Practice1.5 to 1.8 injuries/1000 hours
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Type of ExposureInjury Site
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Ankle KneeShoulder
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Overall0.9 to 1.0 injuries/1000 hours0.3 injuries/1000 hours0.2 injuries/1000 hours
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Game1.7 injuries/1000 hours
0.0 to 0.25 injuries/1000
athlete exposures
0.0 injuries/1000
athlete exposures
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Practice0.8 injuries/1000 hours
0.0 to 2.54 injuries/1000
athlete exposures
0.16 to 0.32 injuries/1000
athlete exposures
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Other
Acute Injury:
1.0 injury/1000 hours
Rupture Injury:
Male: 0.14 injuries/10,000
athlete exposures
Female: 0.27 injuries/10,000
athlete exposures
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References
Bahr, R., & Bahr, I. A. (1997). Incidence of acute volleyball injuries: A prospective cohort study of injury mechanisms and risk factors. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 7 (3), 166-171.

Barber Foss, K. D., Myer, G. D., & Hewett, T. E. (2014). Epidemiology of basketball, soccer, and volleyball injuries in middle-school female athletes. The Physician and Sportsmedicine, 42(2), 146-153.

Bere, T., Kruczynski, J., Veintimilla, N., Hamu, Y., & Bahr, R. (2015). Injury risk is low among world-class volleyball players: 4-year data from the FIVB Injury Surveillance System. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49(17), 1132-1137.

de Loes, M., Dahlstedt, L. J., & Thomee, R. (2000). A 7-year study on risks and costs of knee injuries in male and female youth participants in 12 sports. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 10(2), 90-97.

Verhagen, E. A., Van der Beek, A. J., Bouter, L. M., Bahr, R. M., & Van Mechelen, W. (2004). A one season prospective cohort study of volleyball injuries. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 38(4), 477-481.
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