The Healthy Heart of Netball

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.

  • Players need to have multiple opportunities to practice efficient and safe movement skills in different scenarios and under game-like pressure. 

    • Have a look at the Game Day 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. 


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 a team training visit, contact:

Netball Hawke’s Bay [email protected]

Netball Manawatu [email protected]

Netball Taranaki (New Plymouth)  [email protected]

Netball Taranaki (South Taranaki)  [email protected]

Netball Wellington Centre -  [email protected] 

Rest of the Lower North Island - Carla van der Merwe: [email protected]

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. 

For a full list of NetballSmart resources please follow this link 

At tournament

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.

For more useful resources visit the website at Netball Smart - Official injury prevention programme of Netball New Zealand

Looking forward to seeing you in Wellington!

Carla van der Merwe
NetballSmart Development Officer - Netball Central Zone

Netball Smart Resources for Tournament Week:

Power Warm-up

Game Day Transition Skills

SmartTournament Tips

UmpireSmart Warm-up​​​​​​​