Sunday, May 15, 2011

Letter (and help) from one of my adults at a volleyball camp

Hi Pat -

Thank you for coming to Minnesota for the November 12-13 clinic. It was GREAT! I am most grateful for the review of how to get topspin on my hits. I will be working on the four-step progression (which I was happy to see on your website too). I am also going to work on my peripheral vision. It was shocking for me to realize how unskilled I am at seeing the blockers while I am setting!

I am also happy to have more volleyball-specific shoulder exercises to add to my physical therapy routine, especially the one that should help me hit better.

I wanted to make a suggestion to you. You might consider promoting the use of Thera-Band Exercise Bands instead of the 3/16-inch tubing. The advantage of the bands over the tubing is that you can purchase different colored bands representing different amounts of resistance. Here is a link to the web site which explains the different bands available:

http://www.thera-band.com/store/products.php?ProductID=26

I use the red, green, and blue bands for my exercises. The problem with the 3/16-inch tubing is that there is too much resistance. People will either do fewer reps or - worse - do the exercises incorrectly. The muscles in the rotator cuff are so small that doing the exercises with even a small amount of resistance is enough of a workout. You don't need tons of resistance. I couldn't do the PNF touchdown exercise with your tubing, but I can do it with my red Thera-Band.

I also wanted to tell you about my Bodyblade. I love it for making my little muscles (that would not otherwise be challenged) work! Here's its website as well as an article comparing the use of the Bodyblade with Thera-Bands. (The bottom line of the article is that the Bodyblade might be better for rehab than it is for strengthening to begin with.)

http://www.bodyblade.com/bodyblade-home/

http://continuingedofanatc.wordpress.com/2009/03/06/the-bodyblade-and-internalexternal-rotation-strength-study-review/

Thank you for all you do for volleyball players and for the sport of volleyball!

- Annie Muske (the only adult woman at the Minnesota clinic!)

1 Comments:

At October 4, 2011 at 8:19 PM , Blogger Amarant said...

Shoulder exercises are indeed very important before playing volleyball or other sports that require a lot of arm motions. Shoulder injury range from mildly annoying to career-ending, so you want to avoid that.

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