26
Mar
08

Team Canada Blog

Canadian volleyball players, whether they play for Team Canada or for other countries, write about their volleyball experiences every week. Whether you are a young player looking for inspiration to continue with your volleyball career, a coach looking to see how coaching works at a higher level, or a non-volleyball player who is just interested in volleyball, this site provides loads of real-life experiences. With plenty of volleyball players contributing to the blog from all over the earth you are bound to never get bored of this blog’s writing style!

                                                    Go here to view the Team Canada Blog!

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25
Mar
08

How to weight lift for volleyball

What should you do in the weight room for volleyball? There is such a range of exercises and different training techniques out there, which makes it more difficult to know where to start. Dave Jones, who plays for VC Leipzig e.V. in Germany and who posts at Volleyball Base, suggests one principle that will give you a starting point as far as weight training for volleyball. Do the opposite of what you do on the court.
22
Mar
08

Ankle braces or not, that is the question: Part 3

The decision to wear ankle braces has, for the most part, been a personal choice not driven by any proof that they actually prevent injuries. That is until now. The American Journal of Sports Medicine (February 2008) has reported that ankle braces definitely do prevent ankle injuries.

“There were 797 ankle injuries during 811,710 NCAA practices or games from 1988 to 2005, translating to an injury rate of 0.98 for every 1,000 exposures. For the Penn players, there was just a single ankle injury during 13,500 games or practices during those seven seasons, for an injury rate of 0.07 per 1,000 exposures. Nearly half of the 132 Penn players in the study had suffered ankle injuries before starting to play college volleyball, Sennett and his team note.”

Go here to read the entire article.


Ankle braces or not, that is the question: Part 1
Ankle braces or not, that is the question: Part 2

21
Mar
08

Ankle braces or not, that is the question: Part 2

The ASO (Ankle Stabilizing Orthosis) is the ankle brace I wear when I play volleyball. I like it because it doesn’t just provide support to the outsides of your ankles, it provides support for your entire ankle, which increases injury prevention. It is also great for rehabilitation because you can add and remove the plastic supports in the brace, allowing you to control how much support the brace gives you during your rehabilitation process. It is a reasonably priced ankle orthosis that gives you maximum support!

Check out the ASO website here!

Ankle braces or not, that is the question: Part 1
Ankle braces or not, that is the question: Part 3

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09
Mar
08

Ankle braces or not, that is the question: Part 1

Many volleyball players wear ankle braces to protect themselves from an injury or a re-injury. A common thought among those that do not wear ankle braces or those who only wear them during rehab is that bracing weakens your ankles. I’m here to tell you that ankle braces do not weaken your ankles.

Dave Jones, who plays for VC Leipzig e.V. in Germany and who posts at Volleyball Base, dug into this question a little bit further and found “that bracing will actually work to enhance your proprioceptive input [sensory feedback for muscle control] , not override it”(Volleyball Base, Jan. 14, 2008).If you still aren’t convinced that ankle braces do not weaken your ankles, check out Dave’s complete article (cited sources intact) here.

Ankle braces or not, that is the question: Part 2
Ankle braces or not, that is the question: Part 3

07
Mar
08

Tournament Preparation

As a coach preparing for a tournament I feel that I do more preparation than I ever did as a player. As a player, I never ensured I went to bed early or ate a good meal the night before a big tournament. As a coach, I always ensure that I go to bed at a reasonable time and that I am as mentally prepared for the next day as possible.

The evening before a tournament begins, I sit on the couch going through as many situations as possible in my head that could arise. I think about line-ups and rotations. I think about witty things to say in time-outs. Back when I used to play volleyball I know I never used to put this much preparation into tournaments…but I can only imagine what my team(s) could’ve accomplished had we paid more attention to tournament preparation!

Go here for some great ideas on how to prepare for tournaments. This example is preparing you for a pool tournament…but the fundamentals are the same! Take a look and apply it to your game or your team!

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03
Mar
08

Defensive Drill #1: Logan’s Drill (variation # 3)

My assistant coach came up with this drill (hence the name) and it is great for getting your team to move their feet and get to the ball quickly. The great thing about this drill is that there are many variations, and you can make variations up as you go along!
1. Start with two lines of athletes on the attack line and the coach in the center of the court across the net.
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2. As soon as the coach slaps the ball, the player at the front of one of the two line runs back to the end line and back towards the middle of the court (ensure they are utilizing the turn and run technique). The coach will toss/hit a ball over the net as soon as the athlete touches the end line, but before they reach the center. The objective of this drill is to make the athlete move their feet quickly and get under the ball before they contact it. Once the athlete has finished the drill the coach will slap a ball and a girl from the other line will run through the drill. The drill continues with the athletes alternating between lines for as long as the coach desires.
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3. Once the athlete has begun to master getting to the ball you may increase the level of difficulty of this drill by tossing/hitting the ball to the opposite side of the court or tossing/hitting the ball deeper or shorter into the court to make them have to work a little harder at getting under the ball before contacting it.




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