The healthy Heart of Netball

Based on research, NetballSmart promotes performance enhancement and reducing the risk for injury.  It is a comprehensive holistic Injury Prevention Programme (IPP) connecting with not only coaches but also players, parents, officials, and governance.

Preparing your team before tournament

We know that tournaments carry an increased risk for injury due to the number and intensity of games played over multiple days. The NetballSmart team is available to help teams prepare to mitigate the injury risk by providing evidence-based education about both on-court and off-court habits.

  • Players who display safe movement skill under pressure are less likely to get injured. The NetballSmart Dynamic Warm-Up lays the foundation of sound movement skills. Have a look at the “Transition Skills” resource for ideas on how to give multiple opportunities to players to embed safe movement skills.
  • Off-court habits are essential for managing energy levels ensuring recovery and optimal performance. Navigate your way to “Top 10 Tips for Tournaments” to learn about nutrition, hydration, sleep, etc.


Umpire load and energy demands also increase during tournaments with back-to-back days of umpiring. As athletes, NetballSmart encourages umpires to follow the same recovery guidelines as for players. However, umpires have different movement demands and therefore specific guidelines for preparation. Have a look at the “UmpireSmart” dynamic warm-up unique to umpires designed to optimise performance and mitigate this risk of injury.

For an education session or team training visit, contact:

Netball Hawke’s Bay - Asher Grapes:

Netball Manawatu - Rebecca Boyd:

Netball Taranaki (New Plymouth) - Kelston Reynolds:

Netball Taranaki (South Taranaki) - Taela Brown:

Rest of the Lower North Island - Carla van der Merwe:

These sessions are typically an open floor environment, so there are plenty of opportunities to ask questions and gain some valuable insight into NetballSmart principles. We encourage all coaches & managers to attend as well as players and their parents or caregivers to attend. NetballSmart believe they are often the decision makers for these players, so we would love to open the conversation up to them as well.

Netball Smart Resources for Tournament Week: