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.
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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.
December 6, 2010
Here’s a short video from New Mexico State University, featuring players explaining the different types of volleyball serves.
November 15, 2010
The jump serve is a great one to have in your arsenal at the line.
It’s a powerful serve, designed to work against defenses that are playing soft. Use it to set up an aggressive offensive play.
November 8, 2010
Like the old adage says, offense wins games, but defense wins championships.
The dig is a fundamental part of playing defense on volleyball, especially if you’re playing against an aggressive team. Here’s a short video explaining the basics of it.
November 1, 2010
In this short video, 12-year AVP pro David Fischer breaks down the basics of passing in volleyball.
October 25, 2010
From a beach volleyball player, here’s a quick demonstration of how to spike a volleyball using a two-step approach.
October 18, 2010
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.