Fitness & Physiology

How to Warm-Up Your Shoulder For Volleyball Practice

How to Warm-Up Your Shoulder for Volleyball Practice Written by Jill Wosmek, MA, ATC USA Women’s Volleyball At times, athletes can feel overwhelmed with the demands of their sport and simply want to spend just a few minutes a day preparing their shoulders for the workload and doing their best to prevent injury and enhance…

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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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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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Preventing Shoulder Injury

This is the second post to address common volleyball injuries. The first post addressed patella tendonitis or “jumper’s knee.” PS…thanks for all the feedback on the jumper’s knee post! In the post below, Blain Empey (MS PT, ATC, EMT) shares  insights into common shoulder issues and exercises that can be very helpful in preventing shoulder…

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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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Priorities

With the seemingly unending tasks that face us as coaches, it’s easy to get our priorities out of order. Two major areas that compete for our time and attention are Skill Development and Physical Development. Let’s talk about physical development, or Strength and Conditioning. We want our players to be fit and strong. The questions…

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Stretching: The Truth

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS in THE NEW YORK TIMES Published: October 31, 2008 WHEN DUANE KNUDSON, a professor of kinesiology at California State University, Chico, looks around campus at athletes warming up before practice, he sees one dangerous mistake after another. “They’re stretching, touching their toes. . . . ” He sighs. “It’s discouraging.” If you’re…

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Stretching?

Luka Slabe, our friend from Slovenia, has sent us this article about stretching. Naturally we love it, which is what Luka said when he sent it.

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Initial Ability

This was an interesting graph that was put out not too long ago regarding the 2010-11 NFL “final four”. While the article is about hiring practices, the thing that stuck out to me was the high percentage of undrafted players on each roster. You would think that with as many resources as NFL teams have,…

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