Volleyball tips: Improve your posture, Improve your level of play

January 31, 2011

From our friends at Crossover Symmetry, here’s a very quick primer on posture and the role it plays in athletic performance.

The things we do in our modern-day lifestyles — whether it’s hunching over our desks at work or slouching on the sofa in front of the TV — can lead to poor shoulder posture. We roll our shoulders forward, and that can lead to problems down the road in sports.

That’s true in volleyball, where shoulder and upper back strength are important.

Counterbalance forward posture
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Poor posture equals poor mechanics. For players in the front row, you’ll struggle to set and you won’t be able to get the most power possible out of your attacks. At worst, you can injure your shoulders.

So how do you avoid it?

Perform regular stretches and exercises to counterbalance your forward posture.

The primer includes a few examples to help. Those stretches and exercises keep the muscles in your shoulder girdle strong and tension-free, which will keep your shoulders in prime condition.

Related: Keep your shoulders in top condition with a pair of Crossover Symmetry Cross Cords.
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The jump serve is a great one to have in your arsenal at the line.

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Volleyball tips: How to do different types of serves

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Last week, we posted a video that broke down the basics of serving in volleyball.

This week, we’re getting a little more detailed. Here’s a short video from New Mexico State University, featuring players explaining the different types of volleyball serves.

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