October 13, 2009
Supervised Strength Training Is More Effective
Half of all Swedish elite volleyball players suffer at least one injury per season. One important reason may be that most players perform injury-preventing strength training unsupervised. This is shown in a new thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
All Swedish elite-level teams were invited to participate in the study, and 158 players returned the questionnaire that had been mailed out near the end of the volleyball season. The responses show that about half of the players had been injured at least once during the season. Almost everybody performed some kind of injury-prevention activity, but a majority did it without supervision. 'This is surprising since it is well-known that the training is much more effective if a coach or a physiotherapist develops an individualized programme and is present during the training sessions,' says physiotherapist Sofia Augustsson, the author of the study.
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