Case analysis on the KM treatment of injuries in national volleyball teams
Analysis of KM treatment cases of knee, back and ankle injuries in volleyball
using acupuncture, cupping, etc.
Benefits of Korean medicine in quick on-site treatment highlighted
The result of a study on the injuries suffered by members of the national men’s and women’s volleyball teams in 2013~2014 and the methods of their treatment in Korean medicine was published in the newest issue of the Evidence-based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM, IF 1.931), an SCIE-level international journal.
The study analyzed 166 cases of injuries suffered by 94 volleyball players for two years between 2013 and 2014 to examine the status and effects of treatment of sports injuries in Korean medicine.
For two years starting in 2013, six Korean medicine doctors assisted the national men’s and women’s volleyball teams in international competitions as team doctors. These doctors analyzed 166 injury cases of 94 players through a questionnaire survey.
The survey results showed the most frequent types and causes of injuries, body parts affected by injuries, amount of pain, methods and effects of treatment, level of satisfaction, etc. The average number of visits by each player to the Korean medicine doctors for treatment was 2.18, and some received treatment up to 10 times.
Among the total 166 cases of injuries, body parts most commonly affected were the knee (25.9%) and back (13.3%), followed by elbow and ankle (both 8.4%). Male and female players had differences in commonly affected body parts. The order of most commonly injured body parts was knee, back and ankle among male players, and elbow, knee and heel among female players.
Methods of Korean medicine treatment used to treat the injured players were acupuncture (40.4%), Chuna therapy (16%), physical therapy (15.2%), taping (9.5%) and cupping (7.1%). The research team pointed to the possibility of prompt application at the site of the injury as the reason for frequent utilization of acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture is highly effective for musculoskeletal symptoms, improvement of athletic performance and recovery after the games.
Chuna and physical therapies have effects in dealing with the imbalance in shoulders and arms resulting from serves and spikes that require intense power in volleyball. Drug treatment appeared to be less favored by players and coaches.
After treatment with acupuncture and Chuna, physical or exercise therapy that can swiftly be applied on the spot were used to facilitate full recovery of the players.
The increase in the sports population is leading to the rise in injuries. The research paper is the first analysis of Korean medicine treatment on Korean national volleyball teams. The research team’s goal was to show what kind of a role the diagnosis and treatment of Korean medicine can play in the field of sports medicine in Korea.