Fashion and apparel choices can interfere with our sports. But not all the time. I know you love playing volleyball. As you are here, I can assume you also love long nails. But can you play it with long nails, or should you get short nails for volleyball?
If I talk about myself, I love volleyball but I prefer not to play volleyball with long nails. And you will be surprised to know that you have to solely sacrifice many things to ensure a better and healthy life for your nails.
Taking special care of your nails is essential if you want glorious nails and to adore them with ravishing nail art. This post will help you to decide whether you should get short nails for volleyball or if there is a way to keep your long nails.
Long Nails vs. Sports
You may break your nails easily if you go careless for a moment. But growing them back to that length isn’t an easy task anymore. It requires consistency of care, dedication, and a healthy diet. And that’s why we have to be cautious while performing any activities with our hands as we have long natural nails.
Now the sport is something I’d say; it’s pretty inflexible to perform with long nails. If you are a player (regular or casual) and if you have a coach who examines everything about you before allowing you into the playground, your coach will stop you from proceeding into the play after noticing that you’ve long nails.
It is because most outdoor games, such as volleyball, soccer, etc., are quite risky to play with long nails. You may be harshly injured by performing such games with long nails, which is not cool!
But volleyball is the kind of game you can play with your friends or family members in your backyard, and there will be no one as a coach to guide you. Each of your steps will be your own decision. So here the question comes, should you get short nails for volleyball?
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Should You Get Short Nails for Volleyball?
If you are a new volleyball player, you should not play volleyball with long nails because when the volleyball comes towards your side like a high wind velocity, you are more likely to hit the volleyball forcefully with your palms.
You might try harder not to touch the volleyball with your fingers. But you will be in the flow when you are in the game, and your focus will shift from your nails to volleyball just like a snap.
Hence, it is quite possible that while trying to catch the volleyball quickly, you may fail to place your palms every time to the proper coordination; it’s obvious to happen, and if that happens, you may get a hit on your nails by the volleyball.
The force of the volleyball will be very high when it’s in motion. Therefore if that hits your nails, it will not only just bend your nails but also leave you injured on the spot as there’s a high chance of cracking the fingernail from the middle of your nail plate, which is extremely painful.
The force of the volleyball will be intolerant to your delicate nails. And the consequence is beyond the imagination. So the conclusion is that you should get short nails for volleyball. That’s the best practice and you have to accept that.
I Have Long Nails! Can I Play Volleyball Anyway?
Yes, you can play volleyball even if you have long nails. But you should only return the shot to your opponent. Here’s how you can play it,
- Make a fist where your hands are wrapping each other.
- Keep your thumbs flat and your thumbnails facing below.
- Hit the volleyball back to your opponent with your forearms.
By hitting the volleyball this way, at least you can ensure that you will keep your long nails in a safer place.
There will be no direct contact between the volleyball and your fingers, making it the least risky to play it with long nails. But still, you have to be very careful with every single wink toward your nails. This approach is best if you are not a regular volleyball player.
When initiating the shot, pass the ball to your opponent by your feet; this way, you can prevent handling the volleyball with your fingers. Note that, you can only do such types of manipulation in that game when you are playing it with your friends or family.
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Can I Play Volleyball With Acrylic Nails or Fake Nails?
I recommend you choose the second alternative I mentioned and play the game attentively. But if your acrylic nails are short (for short acrylic you can also get overlay acrylics) and have no free edges, you can play volleyball without much giving it a thought.
Note that press-on nails are the least risky in this case compared to acrylics but still not recommended to play volleyball with fake aka press-on nails.
As you know, acrylic nails can be short also, not necessarily always have to be that long. But if it’s that long, you should not play volleyball with long acrylic nails, your nails get easily ripped off, and you will get injured.
Additionally, if your real nails (nail beds, not the free edges) are very short (less than 5 mm) and on top of that you got acrylic nails on these short nails, then there’s a high chance of losing your acrylic nails if you get just a slight tinge of the ball.
To sum up, your doubt about whether you should get short nails for volleyball or not is that if you are a regular volleyball player or a sporty person, I’d say you to keep your nails short all the time!
Note that when you are attending an event, then you can get press-on nails very quickly. So you don’t have to worry about it.
Long nails can lead you to a danger zone. Better chop your long nails or remove your acrylic nails before you are going to play any such games. That little sacrifice can save your nails from a horrific injury.
And if you are an occasional player, you can alter the game rules and choose to play the volleyball by your forearms when returning the shot.
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Hey there! I’m Raizy, a makeup, beauty, and manicure enthusiast. My passion for nail art and manicures knows no bounds; it’s something I can’t quite put into words. Every day, my goal is to dive into the world of manicures and nail art, and I’m thrilled to share my thoughts and expertise with all of you.