Environmental Concerns in Volleyball

Julien PERIARD, Roald Bahr, Willima W Jr Briner

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapterpeer-review


The sporting environment in which the volleyball athlete trains and competes influences performance and risk of injury. Although in a broad sense, the “environment” can be considered to include the court or playing surface and the other equipment of the game, in addition to the presence of spectators, the principal focus of this chapter is on weather and temperature‐related concerns. The most important environmental concern pertaining to the sport of volleyball is exertional heat illness. The Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) index is considered the best measure of environmental heat stress and is used to assess the risk of exertional heat illness. Diuretics may result in relative dehydration. Athletes on these medications should be cautioned about the increased risk of dehydration and heat‐related illness. Heat stress may precipitate three different types of heat illness in athletes: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Prevention strategies should emphasize athlete education and physiological adaptation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Sports Medicine and Science
Subtitle of host publicationVolleyball
EditorsJonathan C. Reeser, Roald Bahr
Place of PublicationHoboken, USA
PublisherInternational Olympic Committee
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781119227038, 9781119227021
ISBN (Print)9781119227014
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Environmental Concerns in Volleyball'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this