Physical preparation for netball – part 2: approaching programme design

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Paul Gamble

Despite enjoying widespread popularity (notably in Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, the Caribbean nations and the United Kingdom) there is very little published research upon which to base training prescription for netball. This lack of studies to inform evidence-based practice is particularly unhelpful in view of the prevalence of lower limb injury among netball players at all levels (see Part 1 of this article in Issue No. 22). The following article summarises the data available for netball and reviews relevant findings from other sports. Recommendations are provided with regard to best practice for preparing netball players to successfully compete in the sport without undue risk of injury.

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