Shoulder Pain in High School Volleyball: How Physical Therapy Can Save Your Season

Shoulder Pain in High School Volleyball: How Physical Therapy Can Save Your Season

March 16, 2023

As one of the most popular sports among high school students, volleyball is a great way to build teamwork, coordination, and physical fitness. Unfortunately, however, volleyball players, particularly high school athletes, are at an increased risk of experiencing shoulder pain and injury. Studies show that shoulder injuries account for 22-40% of all volleyball-related injuries.

Why is shoulder pain so prevalent in high school volleyball players?

Several factors contribute to shoulder pain in volleyball players:

Overuse: Volleyball involves repetitive overhead motions, such as serving, spiking, and blocking, which can put a lot of stress on the shoulder joint. Over time, this can lead to inflammation, pain, and even injury.

Muscle imbalances: Volleyball players often have stronger and more developed muscles on the front of the shoulder, leading to imbalances and instability in the shoulder joint.

Poor technique: Using incorrect techniques when serving, spiking, or blocking can increase the risk of a shoulder injury. For example, a player who uses a “windmill” serve may put extra stress on the shoulder joint.

Lack of conditioning: Volleyball requires a lot of shoulder strength and stability, and players who need to be properly conditioned may be more susceptible to injury.

How can physical therapy help?

If you are a high school volleyball player experiencing shoulder pain, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Ignoring the pain and continuing to play can lead to further injury and may even require surgery. Physical therapy can be an effective way to treat shoulder pain and help prevent the need for surgery.

Here are some ways that physical therapy can help:

Pain management: A physical therapist can use various techniques, such as massage, stretching, and ice, to help manage your pain and reduce inflammation.

Strengthening exercises: A physical therapist can design a personalized exercise program to help support the muscles around your shoulder joint and improve your range of motion.

Corrective exercises: If muscle imbalances or poor technique contribute to your shoulder pain, a physical therapist can teach you corrective exercises to help improve your posture and technique.

Education: A physical therapist can teach you proper shoulder mechanics and provide tips on how to avoid future injuries.

In summary, shoulder pain is a common problem among high school volleyball players, but it doesn’t have to be career-ending. With proper treatment and physical therapy, you can manage your pain, prevent further injury, and continue to enjoy the sport you love.

So, if you’re experiencing shoulder pain, don’t hesitate to schedule a FREE discovery visit with our shoulder specialist Physical Therapist; she will answer all your questions and show you how Physical Therapy can help.

Call us at 224-858-5161 to schedule your FREE Discovery visit.

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