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1- Department of Physiotherapy, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Umm Al Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia ,
2- Department of Sport, Exercise and Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
3- Discipline of Exercise and Sport Science, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
4- Department of Physiotherapy, College of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Bahrain, Manama, Bahrain
5- Department of Physiotherapy, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia
6- Department of Physiotherapy, King Abdulaziz Hospital, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
7- Department of Physiotherapy, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Najran University, Saudi Arabia
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Background. Volleyball is a popular non-contact sport around the globe. Unfortunately, volleyball players often suffer from an ankle sprain, knee and shoulder injuries. Proper techniques, education, and preventive exercises such as adequate warm-up can reduce the risk of injury. Objectives. The purpose of this study was to investigate and compare the implementation of the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center (OSTRC) volleyball injury prevention program’s exercises among professional volleyball players in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Methods. A web-based survey conducted from October 2019 to October 2020 to acquire information regarding implementing the OSTRC volleyball injury prevention program’s exercises distributed to 377 professional volleyball players in six GCC countries. Chi-square statistics were used to examine differences among the countries and age groups. Results. A total of 341 male volleyball players participated (response rate of 90.5%), mostly 20-29 years old. About half of the volleyball players (range 46.9% to 56.9%) in the GCC countries performed OSTRC volleyball injury prevention program’s exercises in their current practice. Exercise implementation rates varied among age groups and countries with no statistical difference (p = .973 and p = .913, respectively). Conclusion. This study found that about 50% of volleyball players applied the 18 recommended OSTRC volleyball injury prevention exercises in the GCC countries. Awareness campaigns and training improvements need to be introduced to increase the implementation rates.
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Up to 50% of the volleyball players performed the OSTRC injury prevention exercises. This finding may emphasize the importance of implementing these exercises to reduce the risk of sports-related injuries. 
Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Exercise, Training and Health
Received: 2021/04/27 | Accepted: 2021/01/12

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