Saturday, November 27, 2010

Landing techniques in volleyball

Landing techniques in volleyball

Authors: Roberto Lobiettia; Simon Colemanb; Eduardo Pizzichilloa; Franco Mernia


Knee injuries such as anterior cruciate ligament lesions and patellar tendonitis are very frequent in volleyball, and are often attributed to micro traumas that occur during the landing phase of airborne actions. The aim of the present study was to compare different jumping activities during official men's and women's volleyball games. Twelve top-level matches from the Italian men's and women's professional leagues were analysed. The jumps performed during the games were classified according to the landing technique used by the player (left or right foot or both feet together), court position, and ball trajectory. Chi-square analyses were performed to detect differences in landing techniques between the sexes, court positions, and trajectories when serving, attacking, blocking, and setting. Significant differences (P <>
Keywords: Volleyball; landings; differences between the sexes; block; attack; jump serve

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