Lausanne, January 27, 2003 - A groundbreaking research project into injuries in professional Beach Volleyball indicates professional Beach Volleyball is a safe sport and the rate of acute time-loss injuries is considerably lower than most other team sports.
The researchers, Dr. Roald Bahr and Dr Jonathan Reeser conducted their research at the 2001 Beach Volleyball World Championship in Klagenfurt, Austria, and the incidence of injuries was measured at five other FIVB World Tour events in 2001. They are both members of the FIVB Medical Commission.
The study, the first of its kind that pays special attention to professional Beach Volleyball, is published in the March 2003 issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine. It shows that the injury pattern in the sport resembles that of indoor volleyball, but with fewer ankle injuries.
Researchers found, however, that more than one in every three players reported having sought medical attention for an overuse injury during the 7.5-week study period, mainly for knee, shoulder, and low back pain.
Beach Volleyball has been an Olympic discipline since the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
About the authors
Roald Bahr, MD PhD, Secretary of the FIVB Medical Commission is a professor of sports medicine and Chair of the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center and the Department of Sports Medicine at the University of Sport and Physical Education.
Dr. Jonathan Reeser, Member of the FIVB Medical Commission, is from the Department of Physical Medicine, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin, USA.
Read the report online
The Research is available online at the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center website (in English and Norwegian) www.ostrc.no/ostrc.asp/