Strength and conditioning practices and perspectives of volleyball coaches and players

Weldon, Anthony ORCID logoORCID:, Mak, Jason T. S., Wong, Sing T., Duncan, Michael J., Clarke, Neil D. and Bishop, Chris ORCID logoORCID: (2021) Strength and conditioning practices and perspectives of volleyball coaches and players. Sports, 9 (2) , e28. pp. 1-17. ISSN 2075-4663 [Article] (doi:10.3390/sports9020028)

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To the authors’ knowledge this is the first study to describe the strength and conditioning (S) practices and perspectives of volleyball coaches and players. In total, 30 volleyball coaches (mean age 34.47 ± 7.83 years and coaching experience 19.57 ± 8.28 years), and 30 volleyball players (mean age 22.03 ± 4.43 years and playing experience 10.43 ± 8.98 years) completed an online survey with six sections: (a) informed consent; (b) background information; (c) education, qualifications, and prescription; (d) views on S&C; (e) exercise selection and preferences; and (f) issues and improvements. Frequency analysis was used to report responses to fixed-response questions and thematic-analysis for open-ended questions. While only one participant possessed an S certification, S was deemed ‘important’ to ‘very important’ for volleyball skills, physical fitness, and injury parameters. However, due to a reported lack of expertise, there appeared to be a theoretical understanding to practice gap. Furthermore, the implementation of S was considerably hindered by a lack of time, facilities, and equipment. National sports associations, coaches, and players can use the information within this study to provide an understanding of the current practices and perspectives of S in volleyball. While also promoting future developments in S research and practice in volleyball.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): exercise selection, physical development, programing, sport, fitness, injury
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute > Strength and Conditioning at the London Sport Institute
Item ID: 32111
Notes on copyright: Copyright: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
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Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2021 10:17
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