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In Topic: To Ankle Brace Or Not To Ankle Brace?

17 February 2011 - 09:55 AM

Orange and Holland,

Thanks for the input. It seems that this subject has gotten more scientific thought and research than I would have thought. In the last month I have reviewed about 2 dozen research articles on the subject and have found the information very interesting. I used only two search questions (at first) to see what I could find on the subject: "to brace or not to brace?", and "ankle taping vs ankle bracing". I'm sure that there are many other ways of asking the question, but these two provided a seemingly adequate starting point. I will agree that the second one sounds like it is bias in favor of doing one or the other, and excludes doing neither, but the articles themselves I think that care of removing that. If this discussion is of real interest to you, I'd like to ask that you do a search of your own then come back with your conclusions. Like the discussion on stretching before warming up, I think those of us who are passing the game on to others need to be familiar with the current literature on our sport. For my part, I have also gotten a pair of Active Ankle T2's and have worn them at practice and in games over the past month just so I could evaluate them in the most objective way I can. (so time ago I bought some compression pants, but that's as close to Spandex as I'll ever get! At 67 that's a little more foolish than even I'm willing to look:)

Anyway, thanks again for the replies and any future thoughts on the subject.


In Topic: Volleyball For Boys

05 November 2010 - 07:51 PM


I would have sworn that I sent a reply a week or more ago???? But who knows which key I hit?

Based on my experience over the last ten years, I'd guess that the failure of boy's volleyball to reach even girl's volleyball levels is probably because most areas (and boys) consider volleyball to be a girl's sport. While the USAV Junior Olympics program in the Carolina Region has been increasing the number of boy's teams some every year,I believe they still quite often have to play girl's teams a year or two older than themselves to be able to compete. In addition, club soccer - probably much more than US football - and basketball (since its also a indoor winter sport) have well established programs that many more adults have understanding of, and are more likely to support.

I have had an almost annually request at my middle school by 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys to form a boy's team. While that might "unbalance" the number of girls and boys sports, the real reason that we do not have a boys team is that there would be no one for them to play.

Over the last 5 years or so I have had a Saturday Volleyball Club at the school, open to both boys and girls and every now and then a few boys come, but I suspect that they come more to be around the girls than to be serious about volleyball.

Glad to see you're still in volleyball.

Take care... and let's hope you get more replies.


In Topic: Volleyball Stats Tracking

10 July 2010 - 06:09 PM

Coach Bennett,

Moved from the Vertical Jump question to see what else was here as I haven't been to the site for some time. As you may have guessed, I am something of a volleyball book nut (among other things) so I have one that I think you might find very useful:

Comprehensive Volleyball Statistics, A Guide for Coaches, Media and Fans, Stephanie Schleuder, Volleyball International Products, ISBN 0-9665440-0-5

Good luck


In Topic: Increasing Vetical Leap

10 July 2010 - 05:59 PM

Coach Bennett,

It is very hard to reply without knowing what age boys or girls you are coaching. I hesitate to just offer a group of exercises or drills because used with players who are not physically ready - primarily knees not fully developed - can cause injuries that they may never be able to recover from. As much as I hate to say it, have them check with their Doctor before they start any serious jumping program.

That said, here are three books that will give you a pretty good idea of what jump training -plyometrics - can do for players ready for it, and lots of exercises and drills:

- Peak Conditioning Training for Volleyball, Thomas Emma, Coaches Choice, ISBN 1-58518-862-X
- Complete Conditioning for Volleyball, Al Scates/Mike Linn, Human Kinetics, ISBN 0-7360-0136-0
- The Ultimate Guide to Weight TRaining for Volleyball Second Edition, Rbt. G. Price, ISBN 1-932549-36-6

If you are coaching players who are not well enough developed physically for the stress for plyometrics, you can make good improvement in jumping ability by having them learn the proper footwork for movements along the net to block, block jumping, and of course, proper footwork for spiking. (even if they can't spike yet!) Oh, almost forgot one of the best exercises for jumpers...jumping rope.

Hope this is of some benefit.