Based on research, NetballSmart promotes performance enhancement and reduces the risk of injury. It is a comprehensive holistic Injury Prevention Programme (IPP) connecting not only coaches but also players, parents, officials, and governance.
Preparing your team before the 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 injury risk by providing evidence-based education about both on-court and off-court habits.
Players who display safe movement skills under pressure are less likely to get injured and also perform better.
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.
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.
Keep an eye out for the NetballSmart team at the tournament. We will be on hand to assist with any warm-up and recovery-related inquiries and/or education. Also, keep an eye out for some fun competitions and spot prices up for grabs.