In Western Europe, handball is a major sport. In the Netherlands it is played both indoors and outdoors. Handball is a sport during which the ball and the players move backwards and forward at high speed, on a relatively small court. Handball is a sport during which physical contact occurs regularly. The combination of the above elements means that acute knee and ankle injuries occur regularly. As well as these injuries to the legs, injuries to the wrist, thumb, elbow and shoulder do occur.

Ankle
The most commonly occurring injury in handball is a sprained or twisted ankle. In most cases, the injury occurs following a landing on the outside of the foot, whereby the sole of the foot twists too far inwards. On the outside of the foot, capsula, ligaments and nerve fibre can be damaged due to overstretching. On the inside, cartilage can be damaged by excessive compression. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, the tissue on the outside is either stretched or torn. This damage causes bleeding in the ankle. As a result, the ankle swells, (after a short time) bruises and becomes painful.
The damaged tissue heals naturally just like a wound on the skin. However, muscle and nerve fibre does not automatically regain its original function. Muscle and nerve fibre must be trained. This is possible with simple balance exercises. In addition, the ankle must be protected to prevent the risk of recurrence. A Push Sports Ankle Brace is an excellent solution.

Knee
The knee is a joint susceptible to injury. The knee joint can be damaged through twisting. In such a twisting incident (cruciate) ligaments and meniscus tissue can be damaged. Injury to the meniscus can cause swelling and it may no longer be possible to correctly bend and extend the knee.
Serious injury to the cruciate ligaments often causes internal bleeding or accumulation of fluid. The knee then feels swollen and warm, is painful and no longer moves well. In the event of a serious twisted knee, knee cruciate ligaments and the inner meniscus are often both damaged. If injury to the cruciate ligaments is suspected, it is important that the correct diagnosis be made by a sport physician and/or sport physiotherapist. During and following recovery from a knee injury, it may be worthwhile to protect the knee (during sport) with a Push Sports Knee Brace.

Wrist
An acute injury to the wrist in handball is generally the result of a bad landing after a fall or falling throw. Tissue on one side becomes overstretched and on the other overcompressed. If nothing is broken or dislocated, these wrist injuries heal themselves. During and following recovery from an acute wrist injury, wearing a Push Sports Wrist Brace can offer protection and support. If the player very often ‘lands’ on the wrist, the cumulative effect of numerous minor injuries in the wrist can lead to an overuse injury. The wrist must then be temporarily protected. In this phase, a Push Sports Wrist Brace can offer the necessary protection and support.

Elbow
During handball, injuries to the elbow are mainly acute injuries as a result of overstretching. The overstretching occurs when a keeper or defender blocks a ball. The injury generally heals itself. To prevent recurrence, it is essential to train the correct techniques and the muscles in arm and shoulder.

Shoulder
An acute injury to the shoulder can occur when the throwing arm is blocked by a player from the other team. As a result of the block, the shoulder can be dislocated. Such an injury always needs expert treatment.

Thumb
An acute thumb injury is generally caused by a fall or a collision with another player or the ball. The injury is the result of the straining or ‘bending backwards’ of the thumb. The main symptoms are acute pain, swelling and reduced mobility the thumb. The pain is caused because tissue around the thumb has been damaged. Following the correct treatment, these problems generally disappear. During the healing process, the thumb can be protected by wearing a Push Sports Thumb Brace. This brace is particularly suitable for continued wearing when you return to handball. The protective function of the brace can prevent recurring injuries and leaves the thumb free for the ball handling so necessary in handball.

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