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Volleyball Training

Mental and Physical Training are the Keys to Success


There are many important things to consider when training for volleyball at any level. Volleyball tends to require about as much mental training as it does physical. In order to be a great player or to be a great coach, you must make sure that your team is trained well in both aspects. Here are some articles on volleyball training and mental preparedness.

1. Cary Wendell Wallin - How to Set the Quick

Cary Wallin is a two-time national champion out of Stanford University where she played setter and opposite. She is currently coaching a junior team in Orange County, CA. In this video, Cary gives some tips on how to set the quick set or the one set whether the pass is good or bad.

2. Common Mistakes When Running the One Set

The one set is the first quick set most new players learn. It can be very difficult to master as there are many moving parts that you have to assess in order to execute it correctly. After spedning some time with a 15's junior team, here are some observations regarding the most common mistakes when running the one.

3. Stacy Sykora at Vision Training

Watch Stacy Sykora as she strives to regain her complete field of vision after suffering a brain injury in a bus accident last April. Stacy is back training with the national team and doing her best to recover in time to make the 2012 Olympic team. In this video, we also see a few clips of Stacy's first scrimmage back with the team and her reaction afterward.

4. Avoid Volleyball's Most Common Injuries

Volleyball is a sport that requires a lot of jumping and landing which can be very jarring to the body over time. Not surprisingly, most of the injuries in the sport come from hitting and blocking. Each time you land, you are putting extra pressure on your bones and joints. Over time, if not taken care of correctly, this can cause injury. The five most common injuries that occur in volleyball involve shoulders, ankles, knees, lower backs and fingers. If you are hoping for a long career in the sport of volleyball, you have to make sure that you take care of your body before, during and after play. Here are a few tips for doing just that.

5. Are You Too Injured to Play?

Every athlete faces playing with pain sometimes. In a sport like volleyball, there are a lot of ways to hurt yourself and chances are, if you've been playing long enough, you have suffered some type of pain when you play. Sometimes it is difficult to determine if the pain should sideline you or if you can "walk it off." Playing injured could exacerbate the problem and put you in chronic pain for the rest of your life. If you're not sure, here are some things to think about before you head to the bench.

6. Hit the Ball Harder

There is much more to getting the kill than hitting the ball harder. There's placement, there is timing, there is tooling and many other ways to score a point on the attack. But let's admit it, hitting the ball hard is fun. And it can send a message to your opponent that you mean business. If you want to bang the ball and bring the heat, make sure you pay attention to these important tips.

7. How to Be Mentally Tough in Volleyball

Your state of mind is is as key to being good at volleyball as your skill set. To be a great player you have to learn to be mentally tough. Train your brain as well as your body and you will find success. Mental toughness is a quality that every great volleyball player has. It means that when things get tough on the court and the pressure is fierce, a great player knows how to perform despite everything that is on the line and no matter what is going on around them. Here is a definition of mental toughness as it pertains to volleyball and here are some tips for developing it.
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