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How to Identify, Treat, and Prevent Volleyball Ankle Injuries


According to sports medicine studies, an estimated 45% of high school volleyball players will injure their ankle each sports season. As a volleyball player, parent, or coach you have probably witnessed every type of volleyball ankle injury known – from mild ankle rolls that have the players back on the court in minutes to devastating season-ending ankle fractures. When these Read the full article...

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How to Fix Deficient Technique in Your Athletes


One vital responsibility we all have as coaches is ensuring our athletes are executing their assigned movement tasks with the best technique they can possibly produce. Whether it pertains to resistance training exercises or sport specific skills, strength coaches and sport coaches alike are after technical mastery- or at least they should be. Recently, I found myself frustrated with the Read the full article...

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Two Training Elements Your Jump Training May Be Lacking: Exercise Prescription

Do you want to fly?

  In part one of this article, I discussed and elaborated on why I believe many of today’s traditional methods lack attention to the eccentric and isometric portions of movement, specifically in jumping. Now that we understand why fast, efficient force absorption followed by fast and efficient force stabilization leads to explosive force production, I think it’s important to show Read the full article...

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Peak Performance – The First Month

Design a plan to peak in June

My previous article addressed the importance of implementing a periodization style training program that enables athletes to reach peak performance at a specific time. This is necessary for all athletes, including volleyball players. As I write this article, players across the country have recently finished their high school volleyball seasons. The focus for these players is shifting to club volleyball. Read the full article...

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Two Training Elements Your Jump Training May Be Lacking: Part 1


**First I would like to give credit to the authors of the graph depicted as I will be referencing it throughout my article. It was developed by two University of Minnesota strength and conditioning coaches, Cal Dietz and Ben Peterson. Many of today’s traditional training methodologies do an adequate job of developing qualities such as core stabilization, force production and Read the full article...

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Coaching Through Education

Here I am working with an athlete at the start of an exercise

Athletes by nature want to work hard, to get better and see results. Young people, however, are getting more sophisticated all the time. The days when a young athlete gives 100% just because Coach said so are gone. What then is the best way to get effort out of this new generation of athletes? The answer is to educate them. Read the full article...

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Five Ways to Train Better This High School Season

Redondo Union, with Norene Iosia setting, starts the year as No. 2 in the nation.

  As athletes fine tune their pre-season conditioning and start looking to the start of seasonal play, let’s look at some common training practices and explore potential better options. 1) Distance running: All athletes need the aerobic base for health and conditioning that long duration low intensity training supplies. However, volleyball is about non-stop high intensity speed, power and quickness Read the full article...

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Putting a Stop to Injuries in Our Youth Athletes: How to Implement a Long Term Athlete Development Plan


The Fundamentals ”I want parents and coaches to realize the implications of putting a 12- or 13-year-old through the type of athletic work done by a 25-year-old. Parents and coaches, though they mean well, need to understand what the long-term effects of overuse can be.” – Dr. James Andrews, World Renowned Sports Orthopedist This quotation was taken from an interview Read the full article...

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Plyometric Training

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Plyometrics have been a buzz word in sports training for nearly three decades. Coaches and trainers still often seem to have a limited understanding of their true benefits, correct execution or applications. The 5 main benefits of Plyometric training (based on IMG Academy Ignite 360 guidelines) 1) Greater Recruitment of Muscle Fibers In an untrained athlete, not all the motor Read the full article...

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Training for Peak Performance


In the ideal world of sports, an athlete will perform at her best when the competition is the toughest and the outcome has significant ramifications. It is the goal of most players to compete at her absolute best at the end of the season and throughout the playoffs. This “peak” in performance is what is required to excel and win Read the full article...

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