Author: Marc Bird

4 Exercises to Keep Your Shoulders Healthy

Healthy shoulders are important for every volleyball player. Pain in shoulder is limiting your performance. What should you do to have shoulder always ready to hit? Read our advices.   It’s thrilling to watch a volleyball player jump high, take aim like a laser and hit a kill so hard that it nearly puts a hole in the gym floor. But all that power and force take a toll on players’ shoulders. Let’s take a look at some common issues related to repetitive hitting, along with some corrective exercises to reduce volleyball shoulder injuries. 1. Tight Posterior Shoulder The...

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3 Crucial Exercises to Improve Your Vertical Jump

It’s clear. Volleyball players must have a big jump. Jumping high helps you deliver huge spikes and be a defensive force on the court.   And the best way to improve this skill is with plyometrics—but not everyone understands this type of exercise. Technically, a true plyometric exercise is one that promotes the stretch-shortening cycle, as when you lower before a jump, then explode up. Your muscles store elastic energy and then release it in a powerful and explosive manner. A plyo doesn’t have to be a jump, but it must include a stretch-shortening component. There are a plethora...

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INFOGRAPHIC: New FIVB Ranking 2015

FIVB published new FIVB ranking. Poland’s fifth place finish at the 2015 Men’s European Championship has seen them overtake rivals Russia in the FIVB Men’s World Ranking, whilst France and Canada’s gold medal performances at their respective continental championships have seen them enter the top 10.     The latest update takes into account the results from continental tournaments, with France’s maiden European title and Canada’s first ever triumph at the NORCECA Men’s Volleyball Championship helping them move up the table.   Brazil’s victory in the South American Men’s Championship meant they maintained their place at the top of...

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9 Strategic Goals for Volleyball Future

Where is volleyball aiming? FIVB President shared his vision and plans for the further development of volleyball in Sofia, Bulgaria.     FIVB president Dr Graça listed the 9 goals included in the FIVB strategic plan which he presented few weeks ago at the SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale, USA, with the FIVB and his own ultimate aim being to make volleyball the no. 1 family sport entertainment in the world. These goals are:  To move volleyball from group 2 to group 1 in the IOC rankings by 2020 To reach 2 million users on FIVB...

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