Box training aids volleyball players in recovery from injuries

Purdue University volleyball star Carly Cramer achieved a Preseason All-Big Ten honor, but a litany of injuries ended her season after only 10 games last year. These types of injuries can be reduced by wearing the proper volleyball equipment, such as volleyball knee pads, but should an injury still occur, coaches may need to devote time toward helping their players recover.

Cramer's coach, Dave Shondell, ended her season after she suffered a stress fracture in her leg early last year. That injury alone probably would not have ended her season, but after they both decided a lingering shoulder injury also needed to be cleaned up, Cramer devoted the rest of the year toward rehabbing her physical ailments.

Volleyball players must be able to make effective use of their arms, so a shoulder injury can be debilitating if not addressed properly. One such training method – box training – involves a player sitting on a box and engaging in passing drills from that position. This way, the player can use his or her arms without risking further injury while diving for a ball.

"Box training is what we do every single day," Cramer told Purdue's student newspaper The Exponent. "And it's one of those activities you look past sometimes. It just doesn't look like the fun part of volleyball. Just coming back from an injury you look forward to those little things so much more and you appreciate it so much more."

Shondell recently won the the Mideast Region Coach of the Year, so his methods are proven. Assuming there are no setbacks and she is able to rebound from her medical procedures, Cramer should be able to return to full strength for the 2012 season, giving Purdue a much-needed boost in a competitive conference.

Volleyball coaches should be wary of pushing players too hard as they recover from arm injuries. One dive during recovery from an arm procedure could ruin a player's chances at contributing during a volleyball season.