Article by Zoe Russell


Netball Injuries

Netball is the most popular team sport in Australia, and is the highest female participation sport in Australia. Netball is a game reliant on muscular endurance with bursts of rapid acceleration to "break free" from an opponent, sudden and rapid changes in direction in combination with jumping to receive a pass, intercept a ball or rebound after attempting a goal (Steele and Milburn 1987). 

There are 2 forms of netball, firstly the larger court game, commonly known as Netball, and the smaller size court that is surrounded by netting, known as Indoor Netball. Both versions of the game require a high levels of all the competencies of netball, with social participation rates increasing rapidly, in both Male and Female participants.

Netball is no longer considered a non - contact sport and thus with the combination of power, speed and poise that Netball requires places many demands on the bodies of players, as a result, injuries can and do occur.

How Frequent is Netball Injury?

In Australia, netball represents 7% of adult and 4% of child sports related injuries presenting to hospital emergency departments, with Netball injuries being within the top ten reasons for presentation to hospital emergency departments for both adults and children.

In Australia, 95% of adult and 85% of child netball injuries occur during organised competition and practice.

Netball Sports Injury Insurance

Did you know that as a member of Netball Australia that you are covered for 80% of non-medicare expenses (including physiotherapy and private hospital fees) for netball sports injuries?


Reimbursement up to 80% of Non-Medicare medical costs (including physiotherapy) up to a maximum of $2500 per injury.


$75 excess applies to each injury. $25 excess applies if you are a member of a Private Health Fund and have cover for the expenses claimed.


(i) If a member belongs to a private health fund, they must claim from that fund first.

(ii) Non-Medicare medical costs are only reimbursed by this policy if incurred within 52 weeks from the date of injury.

More information: Netball Australia Sports Injury Insurance

Common Netball Injuries

What are the Common Causes and Types of Netball Injuries?

  • Adult netball players most often sustain injuries to the ankles, knees and hands.
  • Child injury is most often to the hands and/or particularly to the fingers, followed by the ankle.
  • Knee injuries are generally the most severe and costly injuries associated with netball, quite often resulting in the longest time off Netball.
  • Overall, netball injuries are mostly sprains and strains with the exception of finger injuries that tend to be fractures or dislocations.
  • Falls, incorrect landing, over-exertion, fatigue, overuse, collisions with other players and being struck by the ball are common causes of injury.

Preventing Netball Injuries

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Good Preparation

  • Undertake appropriate fitness programs with a focus on netball exercises to develop strength, agility and flexibility, especially of muscles around the ankles and feet.
  • Conduct fitness testing prior to competition to ensure readiness to play netball.
  • Seek pre-participation screening by a professional (eg sports physiotherapist) to identify potential musculo-skeletal problems that may contribute to overuse injuries in Netball.
  • Warm up dynamically before competition and training to ensure the body is prepared for play.
  • Cool down and stretch after training or playing netball.

Good Technique Help Prevent Injury

  • Training should Incorporate specific netball exercises in training focusing on enhancing body balance, landing control, change of direction and catching passes.
  • Coaches should undergo regular education updates to ensure they have the latest information about correct training drills to develop appropriate landing and change of direction strategies.

If an Injury Occurs

  • Ensure players seek prompt attention from a qualified first aid provider or health practitioner.
  • Ensure all injured netball players receive adequate treatment and full rehabilitation before they resume play.
  • Ensure all players complete their rehabilitation program fully to prevent future injury.

Safe Equipment

  • Ensure goal posts are firmly fixed to the ground with no parts of the post protruding onto the court surface posing a trip hazard.
  • Ensure goal posts are padded.
  • Check and maintain netball surfaces regularly to eliminate hazards (e.g. loose gravel)
  • Avoid playing netball on slippery surfaces.
  • Choose footwear carefully, preferably with professional advice from your Podiatrist or Physiotherapist.

common netball injuries

Common Netball Injuries

  • AC Joint Injury
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • ACL Injury
  • Adductor Tendinopathy
  • Ankle Fracture (Broken Ankle)
  • Anterior Ankle Impingement
  • Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head
  • Back Muscle Pain
  • Bicep Tendinopathy
  • Bulging Disc
  • Bursitis Knee
  • Bursitis Shoulder
  • Calf Muscle Tear
  • Chondromalacia Patella
  • Corked Thigh
  • Cramps
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dislocated Shoulder
  • DOMS - Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fat Pad Syndrome
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Gluteal Tendinopathy
  • Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
  • Groin Strain
  • Hamstring Strain
  • Heel Spur
  • High Ankle Sprain
  • Hip Arthritis (Osteoarthritis)
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • Hip Pointer
  • ITB Syndrome
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Muscle Strain
  • Neck Arm Pain
  • Neck Headache
  • Neck Sprain
  • Osgood Schlatter's
  • Osteitis Pubis
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Patella Tendinopathy
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • PCL Injury
  • Peroneal Tendinopathy
  • Pes Anserinus Bursitis & Tendinopathy
  • Pes Planus - Flat Feet
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plica Syndrome
  • Poor Hip Core
  • Posterior Ankle Impingement
  • Posterolateral Corner Injury
  • Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy
  • Retrocalcaneal Bursitis
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Severs Disease
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Shoulder Tendinopathy
  • Sinding Larsen Johansson Syndrome
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprained Ankle
  • Stress Fracture
  • Stress Fracture Feet
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Temporomandibular Joint Pain (TMJ)
  • Thigh Strain
  • Thumb Sprain
  • Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
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    Common Treatments for Netball Injuries

  • Early Injury Treatment
  • Avoid the HARM Factors
  • Soft Tissue Injury? What are the Healing Phases?
  • What to do after a Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain?
  • Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
  • Core Exercises
  • Scapular Stabilisation Exercises
  • Rotator Cuff Exercises
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Active Foot Posture Correction Exercises
  • Gait Analysis
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Balance Enhancement Exercises
  • Proprioception & Balance Exercises
  • Agility & Sport-Specific Exercises
  • Medications?
  • Orthotics
  • Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Walking Boot
  • ACL Injury Prevention
  • Ankle Strapping
  • Brace or Support
  • Dry Needling
  • Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
  • Heat Packs
  • Joint Mobilisation Techniques
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Neurodynamics
  • Prehabilitation
  • Scapulohumeral Rhythm Exercises
  • Strength Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Supportive Taping & Strapping
  • TENS Machine
  • Video Analysis
  • Yoga
  • Netball Injuries: FAQs 

  • Common Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques
  • What is Pain?
  • Physiotherapy & Exercise
  • What Causes Post-Exercise Muscular Pain?
  • What are the Best Core Exercises?
  • Can Kinesiology Taping Reduce Your Swelling and Bruising?
  • Heat Packs. Why Does Heat Feel So Good?
  • How Does an Exercise Ball Help Back Pain?
  • How to Strap an Ankle
  • Rotator Cuff: What is it?
  • Sports Injury? What to do? When?
  • What are Common Adolescent / Children Leg Injuries?
  • What are Growing Pains?
  • What are the Early Warning Signs of an Injury?
  • What is a TENS Machine?
  • What is Chronic Pain?
  • What is Nerve Pain?
  • What is Sports Physiotherapy?
  • What's the Benefit of Stretching Exercises?
  • When is the Best Time for a Pre-Event Massage?
  • Why Kinesiology Tape Helps Reduce Swelling and Bruising Quicker
  • Helpful Products for Netball Injuries

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    Last updated 11-Jun-2018 02:48 PM

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