Volleyball Shoulder & Back Shoulder Pain

RapidForce® Shapes are uniquely designed to provide pain relief and unprecedented mechanical support to the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the shoulder.

Although common in players of any age, shoulder pain from volleyball is most prevalent in teenagers and youth players. Volleyball players with back shoulder pain often describe the pain as sharp or aching and the shoulder as feeling stiff, weak, fatigued, or numb. Popping or snapping sounds are common, and the shoulder area may also appear mildly swollen, which is the body’s natural response to tissue damage.

The RapidForce® Star Shape is designed to help reduce muscle pain and is especially effective for young volleyball players experiencing shoulder pain. The Star Shape’s central core is placed over the pain point in the shoulder, which stabilizes the injury, and its six arms are stretched outwards, providing structural support for the muscles and tissues in the surrounding area. The resulting mechanical support shares the body’s workload, giving the sore or injured area relief to reduce inflammation and swelling and encourage the circulation of blood, oxygen, fluid, and healing nutrients to the injury site.


If you'd like assistance choosing the best RapidForce® Shape for your needs, please email us at advice@rapidforceshapes.com.

Disclaimer: Please see your medical professional with any kind of pain. Pain could be an indication of a serious condition. RapidForce® Shapes are not meant to replace professional medical advice, professional treatment, or a professional treatment plan.

RapidForce Shapes for Back Shoulder Pain

Star Shape

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Application Instructions

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Time it Right

While RapidForce® Shapes can be applied at any time, they should be applied 1–2 hours before beginning strenuous physical activity. The Shapes can start working is as little as two hours, but some applications take up to four hours.

Prep Skin Thoroughly

Wash and dry the skin to remove oils, moisture, and dirt. Trim or shave body hair; this helps create a more secure bond and more comfortable removal. Apply the provided Skin Tac liquid adhesive wipe. Allow 30 seconds for it to dry.

Customize Stretch

Secure the Shape’s central core to the most painful spot. For daily wear or moderate-to-light athletics, a mild stretch of 1/2” is ideal. Application instructions vary based on Shape, so read and follow the instructions mailed with your shape(s).

Secure Bond

With both the Shape and the skin at room temperature, carefully begin applying the shape. Once the shape is secure, rub it vigorously to maximize adhesive bond to skin.

  1. 1. Locate back of shoulder

    1. Locate back of shoulder

  2. 1. Locate back of shoulder

    2. Apply the center of the Star Shape

    Peel off the backing of the center of the Star Shape and orient it so the short arms of align with the arm. Place center over the back of shoulder. Press to secure the bond.

  3. 1. Locate back of shoulder

    3. Apply the arms - 1/2" Stretch

    Peel off the middle backing of one of the arms of the Star Shape, leaving the end tab in place. While stabilizing the center with one hand, customize stretch for level of activity and place straight out from the center. Smooth the fabric onto the skin, moving from the center of the Shape outwards. Remove the backing from the end tab and place on the skin. Do not stretch this small piece. Press over the entire arm of the Star Shape for about 10 seconds to secure bond. Repeat for all arms.

  4. 1. Locate back of shoulder

    4. Feel Relief and Remove

    You may begin feeling relief within a few hours. However, it could take up to 24 hours. RapidForce shapes can provide pain relief and muscle support for up to five days but can be removed at any time. To remove, pull from the end of the arms to the center. If hair is present, pull in the direction of the hair’s growth to reduce discomfort. For easier removal, use mild warm water in the shower and then remove the shape slowly.