Netball Injury Prevention & Advice
Netball is a sport known for its quick direction changes, jumping, and sudden stopping and starting. This places a lot of stress on the feet, ankles and knees. If these movements are not done correctly, they can result in injuries including sprains, fractures, dislocations and bruising.
The injury rate for netballers is around 14 injuries per 1,000 hours played. Given this huge risk, it is crucial to prevent injuries from occurring, not just to treat them once they have happened.
Having the correct footwear is one of the most important aspects in preventing netball injuries. Not all shoes are created equally, and there is not one particular shoe that will suit each individual.
Netball shoes differ from the common runner as they are purpose-built for the multidirectional forces and movements of the sport, as well as the surface of the netball court.
As well as providing footwear advice, we will analyse your foot type, and other biomechanical factors to determine the predisposing factors you may have that can lead to injury.
A biomechanical assessment will involve:
- Analysing your foot type
- Analysing your gait (the way you walk)
- Checking your muscle strength
- Checking your flexibility and the available motion through your joints – specifically looking for any restrictions or characteristics of hypermobility
- Analysing your footwear and recommend footwear suitable for you and your feet
- Assessing and treating any previous injuries
A podiatrist will be able to assist you to perform to your highest potential and prevent injury by optimising the way that your foot functions by strengthening weak muscles, stretching tight muscles, optimising joint stability, and improving your gait through taping, strapping, orthotic therapy, and support bracing.