Author: Marc Bird

Volleyball – The Increasingly Popular Sporting Choice

When a child is asked what they want to be when they grow up, there are an array of glamorous jobs that they express an interest for. A career as a fireman, an astronaut and a footballer are often the jobs of choice for a young, naïve nursery child – but could a volleyball player be on this list any time soon? Most people will be surprised to learn that volleyball is actually the 5th most popular sport in the world, according to recent research. In 1964, men’s volleyball was added to list of Olympic sports, with beach volleyball...

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10 Muscles Volleyball Player Must Stretch

You know that every athletic trainer job is to make sure that the athletes remain healthy. Tight muscles can lead to poor performance and injury and increasing flexibility can help improve these conditions.    Stretching comes in many forms, but for now we’re just going to discuss static stretching. While static stretching is effective for increasing the elasticity of muscles that are tight, it should be performed after a good warm up for maximum benefit.  I encourage two bouts of static stretching during a training session: The first bout should be no more than five minutes long and take...

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4 Ways to Recover After Your Volleyball Training

With how much we do to our bodies; from lifting weights, running, and even day to day routinely work, we need to balance our body and let it recover!  Recovery is the key part in making all your hard work pay off and show. Without recovery our bodies are susceptible to injury, fatigue, muscle breakdown, and a worn out mind. Here are some of my favorite tactics for recovering well after training. Foam Rolling Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release and is referred to as the “poor man’s massage.” Myofascial release technique that therapists have been using for years. A...

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What Is The 2016 Olympic Beach Volleyball Dress Code?

The beach volleyball dress code that existed since 1996, when beach volleyball first became an Olympic-medal event, gave players basically two options. Bikini or body suit. But because athletes typically only don body suits in cold weather, the “official” uniform of beach volleyball is the bikini. Of course, a bikini (for which the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) allows “a maximum side width of seven centimeters (2.76 inches)”) is not the most religiously or culturally sensitive uniform. So it’s about time that another option has been added to the mix. As Huffington Post reported, as of the last summer Olympic...

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The Importance of Mental Training for Your Volleyball Success

To an amateur it might be surprising that there’s a lot more to training than the sport itself. Yes, that’s right, as well as copious amounts of physical exercise in all areas of the gym, court and pool, the most successful volleyball players also undergo a lot of mental training too.   Developing into a better volleyball player doesn’t necessarily mean bumping up the hours of training. It could simply mean you need to address the issues that are preventing you from succeeding and analysing the elements that make up a successful athletic performance. A lot of players completely...

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