by G. John Mullen, SPT, CSCS | firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you’re Kerri Walsh or an annual beachgoer wearing 100+ sun block, you’re likely to get your hands on a volleyball during your next trip to the beach. Beach Volleyball is a tough sport but remains omnipresent due to the ease with which newcomers can pick up the sport (almost anyone can hit a few volleys). No matter your ability, injuries can occur which means that injury prevention should be an inherent part of your pre-beach routine. You may remember the infamous kinesio tape on Ms. Walsh’s shoulder during the 2008 Olympics providing her the strength, stamina and the extra 6 inches (ok, maybe not the height) she needed to win the Olympic gold. The shoulder is the second most commonly injured site in volleyball, second only to the ankle. (Read about the prevention and treatment of ankle sprains here).