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Why Play Volleyball?

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You don’t have to be Misty May-Treanor or Kerry Walsh Jennings to enjoy the game of volleyball. Volleyball is a great sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. It can be played year round as it can be played both indoors and outdoors. Aside from the pure enjoyment of the game, volleyball has many benefits.

First, it’s a fun way to burn calories. Playing 45 minutes of volleyball can burn up to 585 calories. Volleyball also improves muscle strength and tone. The activities required when playing volleyball strengthen the upper body, arms, shoulders, thighs, abdominals, and lower legs. In addition, volleyball improves hand-eye coordination, reflexes, and balance. Last but not least, volleyball teaches teamwork and communication and is a great social activity.

As with any sport there is a risk of injury when playing volleyball. Common injuries in volleyball can be grouped into two categories: overuse injuries and traumatic injuries. Some overuse injuries include rotator cuff tendonitis, elbow or wrist tendonitis, Patellar or Achilles tendonitis, and low back pain. Traumatic injuries include shoulder dislocation or separation, rotator cuff tears, wrists sprains, finger fractures, Achilles tendon tears, ligamentous injuries, torn knee cartilage, ankle sprains, muscle sprains and strains, and herniated discs.

To prevent injury, participants should:

  • Perform a warm-up consisting of stretching and light aerobic activity prior to play
  • Participate in a comprehensive training program including flexibility, strength training, jump training, speed and agility drills, and endurance training
  • Wear appropriate shoe wear with skid-resistant soles
  • Use good technique
  • Clean off the courts before play. Look for slippery spots if playing indoors and look for debris if playing outdoors in the sand or grass.
  • Allow for adequate recovery
  • Stay hydrated

Training Program
A comprehensive volleyball training program can decrease injury and increase explosive power, jump height, stamina, and speed and agility on the court. It should include the following:

  • Stretching of the lower extremities, shoulders, and lower back
  • Strengthening exercises for the abdominals, legs, and shoulders especially the rotator cuff
  • Jump training including box jumps, lateral jumping, and block jumps
  • Speed and agility drills including sprints, ladder drills, court circuits, and lateral shuffles
  • Endurance training such as running or swimming to improve stamina with long matches

So grab a few friends and head to the beach or the gym to enjoy the many benefits of volleyball and have some fun!

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29 Comments

  1. Bailey

    This is all of the reasons I have the biggest passion for volleyball. you can stay active playing and its a lot of fun! Thanks for this!

  2. Loren

    Hello there,
    I want to stand out from my siblings who have good grades but aren’t athletic I have been considered to have good grades. I don’t think my grades are good enough though. I would like to know reasons why You play Volleyball. I want to be successful without someone helping me take baby steps. I am a club volleyball player. I love the sport, it is my passion. I have 3 personal reasons why I play. What are thoughtful reason you play Volleyball For?

  3. John

    I thought it was really interesting how the article mentioned that you can burn up to 585 calories playing just 45 minutes of volleyball! It seems like volleyball could provide a good form of exercise. Does this depend on the court size? Either way, I’d definitely consider buying an olympic volleyball and get my exercise the fun way!

  4. Natalie HerBurger

    I play 7 hours of volleyball every seturday and 3 every Sunday – I’m a fifth grader

  5. khalid

    volleyball gives me confidence and teaches team coordinating skills.

    It gives me energy and makes me active all the day in my work.

    I play three times a week for 3 hrs each day.

  6. Abira Lopez

    Thia was really helpful!! Now I know that I definitely join my high school’s volleyball team.

  7. Kylie Dotts

    I like how you said that playing 45 minutes of volleyball can burn around 585 calories. This makes me want to buy an indoor volleyball net and get my family to go and play as often as possible! Not just for my benefit but for the benefit of my kids and husband as well. With how much the world seems to be moving toward a move digital age there needs to be time and room to enjoy playing sports and spending time together as a family.

  8. Carlie

    Volley Ball is AWESOME. And everybody should know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Chloee Villmer

    I am very thankful for you posting this on here and you should not ever be afraid to play a sport that you would dearly enjoy thanks for showing hoe helpful that volleyball can actually be! AGAIN thanks

  10. Leah

    I have been playing v-ball for 4 years it is a very good experience for me. My family has been doing in for awhile to they say it is a good way to exercise.

  11. Abigail

    Volleyball is my favourite sport and I am very competitive. I’m working on a project for school and this information was very helpful. Thank you!

  12. maya

    i love volleyball i have seen is sense i was like 5 yrs old and know that i’m older i play and its a fun sport “helpful”

  13. Hailey

    I’m on a high school volleyball team. I Practice for two hours from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday’s, I practice for at least five hours. With short breaks in between each hour. This was very helpful for my younger sister who also have a passion for volleyball and one that keeps growing.

  14. Tim Frechette

    I love playing volleyball. It has lots of benefits for the body and it is very fun to play especially when you play with your friends! Thanks for sharing this.

  15. Tayla

    This is so helpful thank you very much now I know more things about volleyball I can’t wait to start volleyball over the summer and I LOVE VOLLYBALL SO MUCH

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