By DYLAN MOEN, PT, DPT, ATC
As the sport of beach volleyball becomes more popular, the athletes competing should be aware of the affects that heat has on the body and sports performance. Especially those athletes that live in the Midwest where the weather conditions change from the snowy cold to hot, sunny days. Being aware of heat exhaustion preventative strategies can not only reduce heat related illness but it can improve sports performance. Thermoregulation is defined as the body’s ability to regulate temperature under normal conditions. The stress of environmental heat combined with physical exertion can be a burden to the body’s ability to self-regulate temperature and adversely affect performance. Below are three strategies you can use to optimize your performance in the heat.
- Appropriate hydration and electrolyte replacement—Start by drinking a sufficient amount of water the night before competition and make sure your urine is clear. For the day of competition 17-20 oz. of water 2-4 hours before exercise and 7-10 oz. of water 10-20 minutes before is recommended. Because of electrolyte loss during sweating, sports drinks are more effective for fluid and electrolyte replacement.
- Gradual acclimatization and heat training –Don’t just go and compete without training in the heat. It is recommended that graded exposure to competing in the heat occur over 7-10 days. Check out the National Athletic Association consensus statement “Preseason Heat acclimatization guidelines for high school athletes” for detailed recommendations.
- Keep Cool – When overheated, the body will shunt its blood to vital organs. That means that the muscle groups needed to pass, defend and attack the ball won’t get the blood they need. When not competing, make sure to take shade and rest your body. Bring an umbrella with a lawn chair or find some shade under a tree to help your body maintain a normal body temperature. You can also bring a cooler with wet towels to place on the back of your neck.
If you have any questions or would like help implementing this regimen into your training don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our physical therapist at any of our Orthology locations.
Dylan Moen, DPT, PT, ATC
9325 Upland Lane N, Suite 230
Maple Grove, MN 55369
“Exercise in Hot and Cold Environments.” Physiology of Sport and Exercise, by W. Larry Kenney et al., 5th ed., Human Kinetics, 2012, pp. 283–285.
“Environmental Considerations.” Arnheim’s Principles of Athletic Training: a Competency-Based Approach, by William E. Prentice and Daniel D. Arnheim, 14th ed., McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2011, pp. 151–155.
A couple weeks ago, I joined Jack Davis of US Sports Camps/Nike Volleyball to talk about the rise of beach volleyball within younger indoor volleyball players. Some of the areas covered include: the benefits of playing both indoor and beach, the common myths related to beach, the why playing on another surface will develop your overall game. For the entire interview, visit here.
Our ProjectU Beach House Camps are on and off court overnight camps that include creative on-court skill development training, as well as, experiential learning and competitive cauldron games, nutritional seminars, and speed development training off court. The event is open to all athletes who are committed to understanding themselves and moving ahead as a player and a person and per NCAA rules, this event is open to any and all entrants limited only by age, gender, grade, or number.
“Over the past 20 years, we have developed a gestalt theory of elite performance in beach volleyball. Not only will this camp will be a point for athletes to learn from some of the best college coaches, but also learn how to apply what they learned and take their game to the next level.” -Stephen McCarthy, director of ProjectU Showcases
Dates, Cost and Accommodations:
May 31st-June 2nd: Thee Beach at Bishop, Tampa Bay, FL. Commuter $460 per athlete. Tournament on Sunday afternoon will be an AVPFirst East Coast Championship qualifying event. For tournament only, $50 per player. Limited to 50 players for clinic portion and 50 teams for qualifying tournament. Overnight stays available. We will at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School for all indoor and outdoor training sessions and meals.
July 1st-5th: Los Angeles Training Camp. Commuter $600 per player. Overnight $1100 per athlete. Limited to 60 players. The location will be at 1200 PCH in Santa Monica, CA. Located right in front of Perry’s Cafe on the beach. Link for location
Colleges In Attendance:
Tampa Bay: Tulane University, Georgia State University, Houston Baptist University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Southern, and University of Tampa.
Tampa Bay (June): Tulane University, Houston Baptist University, Texas Christian University, and University of Tampa with more to be announced.
Santa Monica (July): Oregon, Houston Baptist University, Tulane University, Texas Christian University, Missouri State, and Stephen F Austin with more to be announced.
- On court sessions lead by leading college coaches, as well as, off court sessions with current college players and camp staff with a approximate coach to player ratio of 1 to 9.
- Up to 8 hours of instruction per day: 4 hours on court, 4 hours off court
- Overnight accommodations
- Camp activities after training
- Final Day Coaches Panel and Tournament: Coaches answer your questions on a wide range of subjects. Parents are welcome to attend Coaches Panel and the tournament following.
2019 Beach House Camp Specifics, Based on Location:
About ProjectU Showcases:
Stephen McCarthy, Director of TMP Beach and AVP Academy Camps and Clinics, has prepared over 15,000 youth, high school, college athletes for over a span of 18 years. He has trained players who have played the following professional sports: NBA and NHL. He has developed over 150 college athletes within the sports of basketball, volleyball (indoor and beach), soccer, swimming and hockey. Currently, Stephen is a USAV certified official, a USAV Beach Impact and BCAP I certified volleyball coach, a member of AVCA, a sponsored JVA beach club, as well as, a ISSA certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition consultant.
Click link for additional TMP Beach Volleyball Tournaments and Camps
Tournaments: One day tournaments for juniors or adults sanctioned by BVNE and JVA. Junior Events include age groups U14, U16, and U18.
ProjectU Collegiate Beach Clinics and Showcase Tournaments: Two day events with a clinic on day 1 and a BVNE-sanctioned national tournament on day 2 or 3, College coaches in attendance.
ProjectU Minnesota Beach Clinics: One or Two day events with a clinic on day 1 and day 2 that features a top collegiate or pro beach volleyball player.
2020 Event Schedule:
January 24th-26th BVNE ProjectU Beach Camp, Tampa, FL
June 6th BVNE ProjectU Open: Tampa, Tampa, FL
June 13th BVNE ProjectU Open: Minneapolis National Qualifier, Minneapolis, MN
June 26th-June 28th BVNE Nationals Qualifier, Racine, WI
June 3oth-July 3rd BVNE ProjectU Beach Training Camp, Santa Monica, CA
July 11th JVA ProjectU Open: Lake City Tournament, Lake City, MN
2020 Minnesota Beach Clinics:
June 24th, July 16th, and July 23rd
TMP Beach Volleyball Locations:
Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School
13651 Hays Rd
Spring Hill, FL 34610
Lake City Beach Courts: Peters Park
Between County Rd 9 & W Marion St, south of Cross St
Lake City, MN
For additional information on our beach volleyball tournaments, call Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982.
The sport of volleyball is on the rise and there are more and more youth participating at younger ages. As the number of participants increase, so does the number of injuries. According to the NCAA, the knee and ankle are of the most common body parts injured in the sport of volleyball. Of all of the skills involved within the sport, attacking or spiking has been found to have the greatest risk of lower leg injuries because of poor control of mechanics during jumping/landing. With the growth of the sport and the number of hours spent participating, it is important to establish an exercise prevention program in order to decrease the risk of jumping and landing injuries. Neuromuscular/balance training and glute strengthening have been found to be one of the best additions to any injury prevention program. Incorporating this type of training into volleyball movements just 15 minutes a day can successfully decrease the risk of ankle and knee injuries. Below is a list of 10 exercises that can be used to optimize lower extremity injury prevention.
Functional Balance and Jumping Progression
1. Jumping off 2 feet and landing on one foot
2. Forward, backwards and sideways jumping and landing on one foot
3. Approach jump landing on both feet and one foot
4. Block jump landing on both feet and one foot
Glute Strengthening Progression
1. Isometric glute activation against the wall
2. Single leg hip abduction on Airex foam pad
3. Side stepping/monster walks with resistance band
4. Forward lunges
5. Loaded squats
Incorporating a multifaceted program that includes both glute strengthening and balance/jump training can significantly lower the risk of injury. It is important that when implementing these movements that proper biomechanics are used.
Dylan Moen, DPT, PT, ATC, Orthology
If you have any questions or would like help implementing this regimen into your training schedule don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our physical therapists at any of our Orthology locations or call 763-315-0466.
The AVP Next and AVP First tournaments are coming to Duluth, MN! Check out these interviews that our hosts at Skyline Lanes did with Fox21 and ABC 10/13 Duluth!
1. Fox21 Duluth on May 8, 2018 with Natalie Froistad
Our hosts, Corey Kolquist and Megan Bell of Skyline Lanes, had the opportunity to talk with Fox21 about the AVP tournament being held later this month in Hermantown. Click here for Corey and Megan’s appearance on Fox21.
2. ABC 10/13 Duluth: For the entire interview on ABC, click here
The AVPFirst tournament is on Saturday, May 26. Age divisions here include 14U, 16U, and 18U. General Manager of Skyline Lanes, Cory Kolquist, says The best young players from around our region and down in the Twin Cities are among those registered to compete.
Then, on Sunday, May 27, the AVPNext tournament will take place. AVP says this is where elite amateur players earn qualification points as well as an opportunity to earn professional points. Teams of two will square off against each other. There will be a Men’s and Women’s Open division.
We’re excited to bring beach volleyball to Duluth!
NCAA Beach Volleyball Tournament: UCLA Bruins, 2018 National Champions!
By Stephen McCarthy, Prepvolleyball.com
Gulf Shores, AL: UCLA’s all-around game proves too much for Florida State Seminoles’ power. UCLA cruises to the their first NCAA Beach National Championship.
In the day’s first match, UCLA narrowly escaped from a tenacious and determined Hawaii team. With UCLA leading 2-1, Hawaii needed a set win on court 2 to stay alive. Lea Monkhouse and Morgan Martin of Hawaii delivered a 25-23 win. After the final set point, the entire crowd sprinted to court 3 to see if UCLA would advance or Hawaii would extend the match. UCLA came from 9-5 down to even the 3rd set at 11, but Hawaii closed out the match to even the dual at 2 a piece. Attention turned back to the court 2 third set, the winner would advance to the finals. UCLA’s Lily Justine and Sarah Sponcil took 8 of the final 12 points to win the match and the dual for UCLA.
The finals match was a showcase of UCLA’s offensive and defensive skills from the start. UCLA jumped out to a quick lead to neutralize Florida State’s big home court advantage. UCLA continued to keep the pressure up on every court with Florida State never seeming to gain any momentum. In the end, UCLA finished off Florida State in classic beach volleyball style; creative and aggressive shot-making and great athletic touches on defense.
Top Pair of the Tournament:
1. UCLA: Nicole and Megan McNamara, The combination of tough jump serves, running the option offense to perfection, and gritty defense lead the Bruin’s match after match. During the entire weekend, the twins did not make many unforced errors and when another pair challenged them, they responded with a great touch, a big serve, or a creative attack to turn the match in their favor.
By Stephen McCarthy, Prepvolleyball.com
Gulf Shores, AL: The intensity of Day 2 at Gulf Shores started as soon as California rivals USC and Pepperdine squared off in the first match, in which, USC prevailed and eliminated the number two seed Pepperdine. After being upset in Day 1, UCLA returned to the court with an edge and moved quickly past LSU and USC on the day. But the dual of the day was Florida State and Hawaii took the courts. With the help a raucous home crowd, Florida State took 3 of 4 third sets to win the dual and punch their ticket to the finals.
With Tallahassee a short 3 hour drive from Gulf Shores, AL, the atmosphere was decidedly pro-Florida State. A slow start by Hawaii in 4 out of the 5 matches made it look and sound like it would be a blowout, but Hawaii rode out the crowd and took a small lead into the second sets. The tables continued to turn in Hawaii’s favor as Hawaii traded set wins and winning one match. With four of the five matches going three and the FSU faithful sprinting from court to court to court to watch the third sets. It came down to a windy court 5, Madison Fitzpatrick and Francesca Goncalves of FSU prevailed 15-12 to advance the team, 3-2 to the finals. With the loss, Hawaii-UCLA will play for a chance to play FSU in the finals.
Top Pairs of the Day:
1. UCLA: Nicole and Megan McNamara, It is not that they win, it is how they win. The pair show a big serve to win points, come back with big touches and great sets to unleash an array of creative attack shots that, more times than not, land in their intended spot. A unique pair of creative young players and the best team in the tournament.
2. USC: Abril Bustamante and Tina Graudina, decidedly improved from Day 1. Abril played with an injured hand and the pair blistered LSU and UCLA with power and solid defense. In second match, Abril and Tina went toe-to-toe with the McNamara’s. The match ended all square, 17-17 in the third set, when the match was called as UCLA advanced to the next round.