NetballSmart is the official injury prevention programme of Netball New Zealand.

ACC and Netball New Zealand have developed several resources for coaches, players and umpires that are designed to help enhance performance and prevent injury.

NetballSmart FACTS!

  • 2019 World Cup winning Silver Ferns team the average age was 30, they didn’t specialise in Netball until between the ages of 17 & 20 and they participated in an average of 3 sports through secondary school.
  • We see a 300% increase in injuries from April to May in our 10–19-year-olds, which makes us wonder are we preparing them well?
  • Once you have sustained a significant ankle sprain you have a 50% chance of re-spraining within the next 24 months.
  • Moderate to severe ankle instability has been reported among 64% of Netball players with a previously sprained ankle.
  • Landings: you jump and land up to 60 times during a game of netball.
  • Poor landings are the most common mechanism of injury.
  • In the heat of a battle (competition), you don’t rise to your level, you sink to the habits you have created in your practices.
  • Less than 10% of concussions involve loss of consciousness.
  • A concussion is technically a mild traumatic brain injury.
  • In netball players are moving forward 28% of the time.

“A player who can cope with the physical demands can explore the game”, Sandra Edge, Silver Fern #75

Contact your NetballSmart Centre Activator for any information on email / 021 212 6081

You can find more tips, videos and resources on the NetballSmart website.