Is beach volley a hazardous sport for ankles and feet?

Beach volley is one of summer’s most popular beach sports.
Improvised game courts spring up like mushrooms all along the sandy beaches. As we know it, sand is a very malleable surface able to reduce the biomechanical stress inflicted to our tendons and lower limb joints, especially when compared to synthetic surfaces on which the older parent of this beach sport is habitually practiced: volleyball.

However, the irregular nature of sand may prove a little dangerous in that it requires great physical effort on behalf of the beach volley players. Even more so, before practicing this sport it would be wise to be a little trained beforehand.

What’s more, is that if you’ve recently overcome an ankle injury, the chances of another trauma occurring are much higher due to the constant changes in direction, jumps and irregular movements that naturally cause ankles to undergo joint stress in order to adapt and respond to the different stimuli (proprioception).
As a matter of fact, all articulations, and ankles in particular, have sensory receptors that inform us of the bones’ reciprocal positions within a specific articulation, the muscular tone as well as the eventual tensions within tendons and ligaments. Similarly to our eyes, these sensors monitor the inside and outside of our body.
These receptors must always be aligned and reactive to stimuli, especially following an injury as it tends to delete their mnemonic history. This is why it is fundamental to combine physical rehabilitation to a proper proprioceptive one.
I recommend that you treat sand as a precious ally, seeing it as an ideal surface on which to carry out a rehabilitation process but also aware of its risky nature, especially if you are in the initial phase of post-traumatic recovery. A second ankle sprain in a short amount of time can significantly increase the damage made to articular cartilage.

One last thing: make sure you enjoy your well-deserved holidays just relaxing and feeling good!