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Netball is one of the most popular team sports in Australia, with participants of all ages and skill levels taking part. Statistics from the Australian Sports Commission’s 2006 survey showed an estimated 593,900 Australians aged 15 years and older played netball in the previous 12-month period. Netball Australia recorded 324,992 registered Australian players in 2006. Netball places many demands on the technical and physical skills of players, with injuries occurring predominantly to the lower leg, wrist, hand and fingers..

How many injuries?

  • From 2002-2003, 1,129 people were admitted to hospitals across Australia for netball-related injuries.

  • In Victoria, from 2002-2004, 2,316 people visited Victorian emergency departments for netball-related injuries.

  • The rate of injury for netballers is 14 injuries per 1,000 hours played.


The causes and types of injuries

  • Common causes of injuries are awkward landings, slips/falls, player contact/collision, overexertion, overuse, and being hit by the ball.

  • Ankle, wrist, hand, finger and knee injuries occur frequently.

  • The most common types of injuries are sprains, bruising, fractures and dislocations.


Injury Prevention and Rehab

  • Undertake training before a competition to ensure readiness to play.

  • Always warm-up, stretch and cool down. A recent netball study found that not warming up before a game increases the risk of injury by 48%.

  • Undergo fitness programs to develop aerobic fitness, strength, balance, coordination and flexibility.

  • Great technique and practices will help prevent injury

  • Participate in training programs to improve body balance (using wobble boards or balance mats). Poor balance may increase the risk of injury.

  • Wear the right protective equipment

  • Seek professional advice on footwear.

  • Injured netball players should undertake adequate rehabilitation before returning to their pre-injury level of activity.

  • Pre-screening testing should be undertaken prior to play and after an injury before recommencing play.

  • Taping or bracing of joints should be considered by professionals in their management of injuries.

The nature of the sport requires enormous loads to be placed and managed by the lower body joints, especially ankles, knees and hips. To help you achieve your Netball goals, we can help by;


  • Providing pre-season screening for individuals or teams from beginners to elite levels.

  • Development of pre-hab programs to help you avoid these injuries or re-hab programs in the event of injuries occurring.

  • Strength testing to identify areas that may be contributing to the development of injuries.

Netball Australia’s KNEE Program is designed to prevent  injuries occurring.

Whether you are a coach to your child’s netball team, high performance coach, support staff or parent, this program is designed to keep your players on the court for longer and moving more efficiently when there.

click on the link below to see your program.

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