Common Netball Injuries

Netball has always been one of Penrith’s most loved team sports.

With the annual Night Netball Competition on at Jamison Park at the moment, we thought we’d talk about some of the most common netball injuries, how they occur and what you need to know about them.

It’s no surprise that we often see netballers coming into the clinic with ankle and knee injuries. It’s a sport that requires a lot of fast movements, changes in direction as well as jumping and landing. When the body constantly performs movements such as these, the potential for injury rises. It’s also estimated that up to 60% of netball injuries are at the knee or below. A finding that definitely doesn’t surprise.

Some of the most common reasons netballers suffer injury are:

  • Falling or slipping over
  • Contact or collision with other players
  • Being hit by the ball itself
  • Overuse
  • Landing awkwardly

Instances such as this can cause injury types such as:

  • Bruising
  • Sprains
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Ligament tears

The most common injuries seen in netballers are:

  • ACL injuries
  • Finger dislocations
  • Ankle sprains
  • Shin splints
  • Patellar Tendinopathy (also commonly known as Jumper’s Knee)
  • Achilles Tendinopathy

The key to preventing injury, generally speaking for all Netball players, is to practice adequate warm up and cool down before and after each game as well as practicing their landing technique.  Many of these injuries at first require the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method for the first day or two.

For all major injuries, it’s recommended to get in touch with your local physiotherapist to move forward. To get you back to the court as soon as possible, your local physiotherapist can:

  • talk to you about the best treatment options
  • create a personalised rehabilitation program
  • suggest exercises for you to do at home, and
  • give you strategies to manage and minimise your pain.

If you or someone you know has suffered a recent netball injury, you can be confident our qualified and highly skilled physiotherapists will relieve your pain and get you back on the court as soon as possible.

Call Progressive Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy today on 47217798 or email: info@progressiverehab.com.au to book an appointment.

 

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.