Volleyball is a great sport for players of all ages and levels. But as with any sport, it can result in injuries. The majority of volleyball injuries can generally be classified as either chronic (overuse) injuries or acute (traumatic) injuries.
It starts as a persistent and irritating pain in the foot or lower leg, then it gets more intense, maybe with swelling, and soon a runner knows she's being sidelined by one of the most common running injuries: a stress fracture. These tiny cracks in the bone can halt training for months or even end a sports season.
Although safety precautions are indispensable, there's more to staying injury-free than avoiding flying projectiles and cushioning your falls. Athletes often overlook measures that can protect them from problems like sore knees and sprained ankles.
Studies have shown that HIIT is more effective at burning calories than a continuous, moderate-intensity exercise like jogging – and for Americans, who list "lack of time" as the No. 1 reason they don't get enough exercise, that's a huge benefit.