Science & Motor Learning

The Incredible Visual Skills of Ronaldo

For those of you who have attended our volleyball clinics for coaches, you have heard us say that “Volleyball is a visual skill with an emphasis on the visual.” Original Article written by Todd Hargrove http://www.bettermovement.org/2013/the-incredible-visual-skills-of-christiano-ronaldo/ I have previously written about the importance of visual processing for athletic performance. I just came across a video…

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Quite a Stretch

For those of you who have attended one of our volleyball clinics, you will know that we discuss what a waste of time stretching is during practice.  I know, this is a really tough concept to wrap your head around.  How can stretching be a waste of time?  Below is a well written article that…

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Coaching Volleyball – Teaching the Step-Hop

Is the Split-Step Worth Teaching in Volleyball? We have been experimenting with a step-hop (or split-step in Tennis) with our passers, and have been encouraging a small hop for both back-row defenders and front-row blockers. The concept isn’t new by any means, and the general idea is that we are trying to put the muscles…

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Fitness for Club Volleyball

Here is a common question we get, voiced in an email from a clinic attendee. “I’d like to get an opinion from you. I’m concerned about the direction my club is going this season.  The club director is a good friend of mine and she has claimed to do a large amount of research on…

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Five Coaching Strengths that Produce Champions

This summer’s Olympics got us thinking: how do we as managers and leaders become coaches who elicit greatness in others? A study of the coach-athlete relationships that yield successful performance, released by the Canadian Olympic Committee in 2010, has some findings worth adapting to the coaching of corporate performers. Authored by Penny Werthner, an Olympic…

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Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication

While out working coaching clinics and summer volleyball camps, it’s common for us to engage in conversation regarding training different ages and genders.  A lot of people find it difficult to believe that we teach high level volleyball players (Olympians) the same fundamental skills that we teach junior high girls and boys.  There’s no question…

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Specificity

One of the “hot button” items at our coaching clinics is when Carl discards the notion of general athletic ability and lays out the overwhelming scientific evidence citing the existence of thousands of specific coordinated movement patterns instead. This idea, that moving fast to my right doesn’t mean I’m fast, it just means I move fast to…

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Training Wheels

An interesting article about the effectiveness of training wheels.  What are some other examples in youth sports where the training methods contradict what we know about specificity?  The first one that comes to my mind is T-Ball? Read More Here

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The Feedback Trap(s)

One of the many debts I owe to Ron Larsen is the day he handed me a study taken of John Wooden’s feedback. The study codified Wooden’s coaching and linked it to the actions of his players in order to judge it’s effectiveness. It was an eye-opening paper for me. I marveled at how remarkably…

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Jumper’s Knee

We have had several requests for a blog post that address common volleyball injuries. So I spoke with Blain Empey, an athletic trainer about the most common injuries in volleyball. There are a lot of  injuries on the volleyball court, jammed fingers and twisted ankles. However, those are difficult to predict or prevent. After talking…

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