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The Importance of Strength Training For Volleyball Players

Volleyball players need to be following a workout program or else they will be left behind the competition. Relying on the athletes genes to take them to the next level is setting up the athlete for disaster.

The purpose of this article is to make volleyball players and coaches aware of how important strength training is to keep athletes healthy and on a path to reach their physical potential. At the end the article you will have access to six video tutorials of essential exercises that volleyball players need to be performing.

Volleyball is a high impact sport that leads to many different types of overuse injuries. Some of these injuries are: Patello-Femoral Syndrome, Shoulder Impingements, Shin Splints and lower back pain. Weak volleyball players are much more prone to these injuries.

Athletes’ joints are like elastics the more you stretch the elastic the weaker it becomes and the greater the chance the elastic will break. The muscles, tendons, and ligaments surrounding your joints are essentially the elastics that protect you from injury. Volleyball causes your joints to temporarily weaken, but unlike elastics, if there is sufficient recovery time your joints will heal.

However, there is often an imbalance between the volume/frequency of practice/competition versus recovery time. If the volume of volleyball out-weighs recovery time injury eventually prevails. However, strong, mobile volleyball players are able to withstand a large volume of volleyball with much less risk of getting injured.

Strength training essentially helps produce a coating of armour that surrounds your joints that makes the athlete much more resilient to injuries.

Strength training obviously does a lot more than just protect the athlete from injuries. Strength training helps athletes take strides towards their physical potential. However, most volleyball players do not even get close to this potential because they have never trained properly on a consistent basis.

Too many volleyball players dominate in high school or in rep volleyball but fail to excel at the collegiate level. These athletes were naturally bigger, and stronger than the other athletes. But what happens when they get to the next level? They are no longer the more physical athlete and they eventually get weeded out of the system.

Here are some of the many performance enhancing attributes strength training will help volleyball players improve on:

  • increased stationary vertical
  • more powerful approach
  • increased spike touch
  • faster first step
  • improved landing mechanics
  • improved ability to stabilize your body on the ground and in the air
  • faster arm swing
  • greater trunk rotation and core strength in your attack

Vertical training in volleyball is about to change! I just finished creating 5 plyometric routines that can be added to the beginning of your workouts. These routines focus on improving the technical aspects and also how to be a more explosive jumper. Each plyometric routine is a separate video tutorial. You will get instant access to the first routine after filling in the email form.

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Reid’s Workouts has over 2200 strength training tutorials. Clients get their own personal video portfolio which contains video tutorials of all their exercises in their program. Set up a FREE, no risk consultation by sending Reid Hall an email. Consultations are held over Skype, Google Hangouts, or over the phone (depending on location). After our consultation you can decide whether Reid’s Workouts are right for you or your team.

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