In the previous article, I focused on the explanation of the “quality” in the simplest possible way in the relation of the physical assessment of a volleyball player, for whom it is planned to shape motor features before the upcoming season or a tournament.
Based on the quality description, it can be deduced that the amount is strictly associated with muscle strength. We can definitely say that this will be a good observation.
Strong muscles first of all protect the motor apparatus from the effects of overloads, which in volleyball may be an important cause of an injury.
Moreover, the stronger the athlete or more precisely his muscles are, the more his motor skills will be used with bigger potential. This applies to such features as: speed, agility, reactivity, jumping, etc.
There are seven main types of strength: Agile Strength, Strength Endurance, Explosive Strength, Maximum Strength, Relative Strength, Speed Strength, Starting Strength
Of course, we can’t say that after the implementation of the training focusing for example on the athlete’s maximum strength, problems with what I like to call “Quality” will pass within one moment. However, it will result in the training aimed at improving these (qualitative) elements will be more effective and in a shorter period of time can give satisfactory results.
You may be able to skip shaping strength as a first-rate activity, but you should be aware that without enough power to develop such elements like correct movement, landing or jump learning etc. It can be the reason of slowed down and limitations. What’s more, the development of dynamics, speed or jumpiness also strongly correlates with the athlete’s muscular strength.
It is worth mentioning that the complete player (from the points of view of the trainer of physical preparation) has the quantity and quality at a high level.
We are considering the following situations and suggested solutions:
What if the quality and quantity is low?
In a situation where an athlete has problems with moving around the court synchronizing, changing directions of movement and generally accepted ergonomics, and in addition to that his muscular apparatus is poorly developed, we need to realized that such a person is definitely in a worse position in the context of professional sport. The work he will have to do to match those who have a well-developed one factor will leave him far behind.
Often in such a situation, first of all, motor development is first put on, and only then on the shaping of specific features characteristic of a given discipline (e.g. volleyball).
It can be said that the best solution would be to work from the scratch.
Well-developed quality and low quantity.
Assuming that the volleyball player has at least satisfactorily quality skills while weak muscle apparatus, the training to be developed by the athlete should be directed to the development of muscle strength.
When the player jumps high, he is turning, and his serves and attacks are very strong, the weak muscular system will not protect the body properly against overloads and injuries. Therefore, focusing on its shaping will be a key element in the development of this type of athlete.
Poor quality and very well-formed quantity.
A very strong volleyball player, usually requiring strength training, that affects him well in short intervals of time.
With an athlete of such specificity, in contrast to the previous example, it is important to focus on the development of qualitative traits, i.e. learning to move properly, change of direction, landing, work ergonomically in individual volleyball elements.
Work in the strength area should not affect the quality training, which is why it will not be a priority here.
High quality and high quantity.
The complete athlete (from the point of physical view). Typically, players representing the championship level.
Motor training should be adjusted in such a way as to develop both qualitative and quantitative characteristics evenly, while the biggest emphasis is on the grinding of strictly volleyball skills.
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