For netballers: How to avoid the most common netball injury

May 19, 2016


Did you know??


  • There are 1.2 million netball players around Australia, with the majority aged 16-22 years old.

  • Traditionally ankle injuries have previously been the biggest problem in netball. Recently knee injuries have actually become a more common injury, with the vast majority being ACL injuries.

  • Females are 4-6x more likely to sustain an ACL injury compared to males.

  • Injury risk actually INCREASES when you wear new shoes, so take a few trainings to break them in before your next game



To safeguard yourself against injury, focus on practicing how to LAND and CHANGE DIRECTION. These are common times when injury strikes 



  • Feet facing forwards

  • Hips and knees bent

  • Knees in line with feet

  • Trunk stable


Change of direction

  • Outside leg as the break, inside leg as the accelerator

  • Small steps

  • Trunk stable



The key program that the Australian Netball Diamonds use to prevent injuries includes:


  • Warm up

  • Strength

  • Balance/landing

  • Agility

Our physiotherapists can write a program for you as an individual player, or for your whole team, to keep everyone stronger and safer throughout this netball season. To find out more email us at





Also check out:




Aspire Physiotherapy SA

18 Partridge St

Glenelg SA

8376 8816


Acknowledgement of information from:

Alanna Antcliff - Head Physiotherapist for the Australian Netball Diamonds



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