Volleyball Performance Training: The Other Skillz

Following the loose theme we’ve had this month of volleyball training (but really, let’s be honest, all of this can apply to most sports), I thought it would be beneficial to highlight a few other athletic skills/movements that are woefully under-trained in volleyball players. It’s all about the vertical! But not really. It drives me nutso that coaches and parents and the players focus singularly on improving the vertical jump. Yes, it’s important, but how does one get to the net to jump? How does one move fast enough to get behind the ball to pass it well? I’ve worked with dozens and dozens of volleyball players and I’ve seen terrible movement quality all the other planes of motion. Great […]

Oh Dem Hammies! Hamstring Info and Harry Potter Analogies Part 1

Do you have tight hamstrings? Do you stretch them only to find that you’re not any closer to the suppleness that you desire in those posterior hip extenders? Have you tweaked/pulled your hamstring (due to your tightness maybe…)? Do you feel they’re tighter than Gringotts Bank Security?  Today, we’ll go over some of the reasons why the hamstrings might be tight and in part 2 we’ll go over some of the prevention/rehabilitation techniques to deal with hamstring tweaks. You may be surprised to find that your tight hamstrings are not actually tight… That sounds like something Professor Dumbledore might say. Below are some of the potential culprits of “tight” hamstrings. (You’ll see why I put “tight” in quotation marks at the end.) 1. Protective tension. […]

Off-Season Training: Overhead Athletes

Last week, we laid out some general guidelines for athletes heading into their off-seasons. You should read it, if you haven’t already. Today, we’ll delve into some specifics for overhead athletes (i.e. baseball, softball, javelin, shot put, swimmers (though it seems as if they never have an off-season), etc.). Shoulders are rather complicated and annoyingly fickle joints that can develop irritation easily which is why proper attention MUST be paid to shoulder mechanics and care during the off-season. There is nothing “natural” about throwing a heavy object (or a light one really, really fast) and shoulders can get all kinds of whacky over a long, repetitive season. I’m going to keep it sweet and simple. 1. Restore lost mobility and […]