Netball is a high intensity sport which holds a high risk of knee-injuries such as ACL and meniscus tears, ligament injuries, and jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis) due to overuse of the knee joint. Common causes of netball knee injuries include awkward landings, slips, falls, player contact/collision, overexertion, sudden changes in direction and being hit by the ball. To prevent knee injuries while running down the court, we recommend wearing a Bauerfeind knee brace or sports knee support. It will provide enhanced stability, protection and medical-grade compression to prevent a knee injury while playing netball. The increase of blood flow due to the compression will speed up your recovery after the game too.
While ankle injuries are common in all sports, they are predominant in netball due to high-impact jumping movements and dynamic running movements during the game. Achilles tendon ruptures, ankle sprains and twists as a result of jumping, running and sudden changes in direction. To decrease overloading on the ankle, we recommend wearing our dynamic ankle support while playing the game to prevent injuries. To recover from specific major injuries, we recommend our ankle braces Achillotrain and Malleotrain. This will enhance stability during jumping and running movements, protect the joint and provide medical-grade compression to increase blood flow aiding in muscle recovery.
Hand injuries damaging the wrist and fingers are quite common in netball due to the close contact of the netball player with the ball at all times. One of the most common injuries caused due to the impact of the ball on the proximal interphalangeal joint (PIP) of the fingers while shooting or defending is jammed fingers. To prevent or avoid injuries, we recommend using our Sports Wrist Support to provide stability and boost circulation. To assist with injuries such as a jammed thumb, we recommend using Rhizoloc Thumb Stabiliser for optimal healing.
We recommend visiting a physiotherapist for treatment and advice on treating common netball injuries. They may recommend the following treatments.
- Strains or Sprains. Many sprains and strains can be treated with the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. A good physiotherapist can assist with the recovery as well. To treat a mild sprain, we recommend the Genutrain which provides active support and pain relief.
- Jumper's Knee. This is the common name for patellar tendinitis. This is a knee injury caused by the inflammation of the patellar tendon due to repeated jumping activity. We recommend using the Genutrain A3 which is specially designed to protect the patella. It has a patella tracking pad which protects and massages the patella for faster muscle regeneration.
- Meniscus Tearing. Simple meniscal tears may be treated with the RICE method and anti-inflammatory medications. Advanced tears may require surgery. We recommend using a hinged knee brace like the GenuTrain S to support the lateral muscles which aid in the recovery of a torn meniscus.
- Ligament Tearing. Ligament tears generally always require surgery. A torn ligament rebuild uses a graft of tissue as the ligament will usually not heal properly otherwise. Surgery is often minimally invasive, however it can take time for a tear to repair. To support rehabilitation after surgery, we recommend using our advanced knee brace the SecuTec Genu which restricts the movement for faster healing.
If you’re an netball or basketball fan, you must have seen athletes wearing compression sleeves and socks during matches. Compression stimulates the transportation of oxygen to the targeted muscles by increasing the blood flow and supplying nutrients which activates the muscles. This aids in muscle regeneration supporting faster recovery. Upper leg and lower leg compression sleeves can protect your thighs and glutes and prevent painful hamstring sprains commonly caused while playing basketball. Bauerfeind provides medical grade compression which prevents injury and boosts performance by holding your muscles firmly in their place.