Importance of a Functional Warm-up

Martin is helping a High Performance athlete perform a strength exercise.

By Martin Poirier, Maverick Volleyball Trainer for Competitive and High Performance Teams

Document 1: Maverick Functional Warm-up – List of Exercises by Martin Poirier

Document 2: Description of Maverick Functional Warm Up Exercises with Photos by Martin Poirier

Efficient mobility throughout the different joints of the body is very important for human health and performance throughout a lifetime. Not only limited to athletes, developing effective joint mobility and stability in the general population can help optimize the quality of life.

In a sport specific context, increasing an athlete’s ability to move efficiently at the ankle, at the hips, at the thoracic spine, at the scapula and at the gleno-humeral joint (shoulder joint) while developing stability at the foot, knee, lumbar spine (lower spine), scapula and elbow, decreases the likelihood of injury while increasing the potential of performance. As advocated by many renowned strength trainers, an effective warm-up can help athletes perform at their best in any given sport. On too many occasions, I witness athletes enter the gym and jump right into a workout or into a practice without taking the time to warm-up! Not only is this detrimental to their overall performance, it places them at a much greater risk of acute and/or chronic injuries.

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How to Effectively Use Competition to Develop Athletes

By John Spack, Maverick Volleyball, Coaching Director and High Performance U18 Girl’s Coach

Too often players, coaches and parents over emphasize competition between teams as “the method” to achieve the competitive edge and use this as the only method or measuring stick identifying competitive progress.

To develop the “competitive edge”, it is important to create an environment that is not only challenging, allows a little creativity and experimentation but must also be stimulating and fun. Athletes must buy into and understand the various ways that are used to simulate competition and think of it as a healthy thing and not something that’s going to threaten their existence. They have to understand that the more times they are faced with adversity and the more times they overcome it, will only serve to give them confidence in thinking that anything is achievable through proper preparation and hard work. Continue reading

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Coaching and developing young athletes

By Glenn Hoag – Men’s National Team Coach

What to focus on? Grade 7 & 8

Coaching is “the art of making someone better”. When engaging in teaching and managing young athletes you become a “problem solver”. This should be understood at the start, the experience will be challenging but also very fulfilling.

At any initiation stage, the coach needs to assess the young athlete: sex, age, physical literacy (sport history), etc. The coach will obviously start teaching the game of volleyball way before the whole profile of his young athlete is done. Creating a profile of your player helps you set development objectives and teaching methodology. So basically the “WHAT” & the “HOW”. Continue reading

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Welcome to the Maverick Volleyball Blog!

 By Kerry MacLean – Maverick Volleyball President and Coach

That just sounds weird coming from a guy who began playing when the soft touch era and diving and rolling were the “in things” in Volleyball. Fisting your serve to make it float was technically taught and playing a back row penetrating setter was a huge tactical shift. In order to find out about stuff like this you were really forced to go out and discover them on your own. I still remember how embarrassing it was when I tried to hit a quick set at my first OVHSAA All star practice. (How was I to know? I had only seen it done, we never had it explained to us.) But the people in volleyball, I soon discovered, were different. They wanted to help you learn, get better and in turn make our sport better. Co-operative competition, radically different. Continue reading

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