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Sports Health. 2009 Nov;1(6):522-30.

Data-based interval hitting program for female college volleyball players.

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Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Abstract

CONTEXT:

Interval sports programs are a critical rehabilitation element when preparing the injured athlete for a return to preinjury activities. There is currently no published interval hitting program to guide a return to unrestricted play for the volleyball athlete. Therefore, data-based, position-specific overhead hitting programs that control for intensity, time, and number of ball strikes were developed for female college volleyball players.

EVIDENCE ACQUISITION:

Records from a single Division I varsity women's volleyball team were examined for all matches during 7 consecutive years of team play. Data were collected for number of hitting and service attempts per game for each position and the number of games per match.

RESULTS:

Per game, middle hitters averaged 4.51 attacks and 2.77 service attempts; right-side hitters, 3.58 attacks and 1.26 service attempts; outside hitters, 6.37 attacks and 3.44 service attempts; and setters and defensive specialists, 0.17 attacks and 1.78 service attempts.

CONCLUSION:

The interval hitting program can provide rehabilitation specialists with a data-based approach that may facilitate a return to play and minimize the risk of reinjury for volleyball athletes.

KEYWORDS:

rehabilitation; return to play; shoulder joint

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