PVL: Ayoko talagang mag-single leg [landing] -- Gonzaga on preventing another knee injury

Mark Escarlote on Jun 26, 2019 09:35 PM
PVL: Ayoko talagang mag-single leg [landing] -- Gonzaga
Veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga preaches about the importance of how to land properly after an attack to prevent injury.

Veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga tried to keep the ball in play despite an overset but still resulted in an attack error.

The PacificTown Army star landed on both feet before falling down to the floor completely.

In another play, Gonzaga scored on a hit but again landed with the same sequence.

Coming off a right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury that had her sidelined for almost two years, Gonzaga is extra cautious with her landing after an attack, hit or miss.

“Oo, like for example siguro kapag bitin na set or sobra na set, ang tendency ko siguro ay ibabagsak ko na siya kaysa mag-one leg landing ako,” explained Gonzaga on Wednesday after the Lady Troopers bowed down to defending champion Creamline, 25-16, 16-25, 22-25, 16-25, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference.

“Kasi natatakot [ako], like kanina may medyo bitin na set sa akin, nagdalawang-isip ako kung anong gagawin ko kasi ayokong mag-single leg landing. Hangga’t maaari iniiwasan ko talaga,” she added. “I committed that error kasi from that time nagdalawang-isip ako. Gusto ko siyang paluin pero sini-secure ko talaga ang safety ko, na hangga’t maaari hindi mauulit [ang injury ko].”

Gonzaga suffered a knee injury in 2017 while playing for Cignal in the Philippine Superliga. She underwent surgery and long therapy.   

She recalled that she landed on one leg when she sustained the injury, so to prevent another accident, Gonzaga would always make sure that she will land properly. And if necessary, she would cushion the impact of her landing by falling on the floor.

“’Yun nga ang tendency ko na ibabagsak ko na lang siya every time na sobra ang set sa akin o bitin kasi mas less ang stress sa tuhod ko,” Gonzaga said. “Kasi once na hinabol ko ang bola na bitin, ang lahat ng bigat ko sa harapan ng tuhod ko. So binabalik ko na lang siya para sa pwet, sa likod ko na lang yung pressure.”

Gonzaga added that it was her conditioning and physical therapists who advised her to avoid landing on one leg – a common mistake among volleyball players.

“Ayoko talagang mag-single leg [landing]. Yun lang din naman ang advise sa akin nung conditioning coach ko, ng PTs ko na every time na pumalo ka mag-double leg [landing] ka. Kahit anong mangyari double leg, yun lang naman and advise sa akin. Kung mahirap na ang bola let it go as long as double leg landing ka lagi,” she said.

Having experienced the pain of a knee injury, having to undergo surgery and recovery plus the long wait to get back into action, Gonzaga’s advice to other volleyball players is to follow the proper way of landing.   

“Advice ko ‘yun sa lahat from my experience parang hangga’t maaari mag-double leg talaga, iwasan ang single leg landing,” she said.



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