Screening for Neck and Upper Limb Injuries among Intercollegeate Volleyball Players in Selected Colleges of Bengaluru
Keywords:volleyball players; Neck and Upper limb Injuries; Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire; Disability of Arm, Shoulder and Hand; Neck Disability Index; Shoulder Pain Disability Index.
Background & purpose: Volleyball is one of the most popular games in the world. The International Volleyball
Federation represents about 150 million players in approximately 170 countries. Volleyball is a dynamic sport
involving rapid and forceful movements of the body and of the arm and hand when spiking the ball. Injuries in
volleyball are quite frequent. It is believed that an increase in the frequency, intensity and duration of training
might lead to an increased rate of injury.
Methods: A prevalence study was conducted in intercollegiate 50 volleyball players between age group 18-25
were selected from the list of players fulfilling the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Players were screened for
prevalence of neck and upper limb injuries using Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire (NMQ) and assessed
for activity limitation using Disability of Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH), Neck Disability Index (NDI) and
Shoulder Pain Disability Index (SPADI).
Conclusion: The study was concluded that there is a more risk of upper limb injuries mainly wrist, fingers,
shoulder is the more prone to Musculoskeletal disorder among volleyball players.
Results: The result of the study was observed that due to wrist injury 10% players were prevented from carrying
out their normal activities during last 12 months, followed by shoulder (4%), Elbow (4%) and Neck (2%) were
prevented from doing normal activities during the last 12 months.