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Volleyball Player Assessment

Presentation for SPMD 661 at EMU

Heather Herdell

on 16 April 2015

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Volleyball Player Assessment

Heather Herdell
SPMD 661

Strength and Speed
Aerobic capacity
Field tests
Additional info

Volleyball is highly dependent on P-CR and anaerobic glycolysis

Athlete's anaerobic capacity correlates to fatigue during high intensity exercise bouts

300m shuttle test correlates to treadmill running MAOD poor/high scores (Moore & Murphy, 2003)
Field tests
Repeated-effort test (RET) most sport specific, reflects game play movements
Jump Height Assessments
Vertical jump -most important to performance (Tanner & Gore, 2013; (AVCA volleyball performance index. Coaching volleyball 2.0, 2015)

Spike jump ( arm velocity also measured)
-Solospike smartball

2 hand block jump

Height (standiometer)
Body mass (balance scales)
Standing reach (Vertek)
Skinfold (calipers)
-front thigh
-medial calf

Lower body fat in elite players (Lider & Ziv, 2010, Tanner & Gore, 2013)
Sit-and-reach (hamstrings)

Goniometer (shoulder girdle)

Studies on flexibility are equivocal

Dominant shoulder flexibility limitations may be related to rotator cuff injury
(Matvienko, 2009)

Time and block height of first trial is considered "ideal"

Each subsequent trial is records, and decrement calculated.

Limitation: Elite athletes often have high decrement percentage due to extremely high first trial.

Compare to normative data
(5.17sec,female college recruits)
Compare to previous performance


AVCA volleyball performance index. Coaching volleyball 2.0. (2015) (1st ed., pp. 24-27). Kansas City, MO. Retrieved from http://www.naia.org/fls/27900/1NAIA/Championships/CoachesCorner/Volleyball/PQ/VB_PQ_FS_VPI.pdf

Lidor, R., & Ziv, G. (2010). Physical and physiological attributes of female volleyball players- a Review. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 24(7), 1963-73. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.emich.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/670065872?accountid=10650

Matvienko, O. (2009). The importance of flexibility training for volleyball players. Volleyball ACE power tips- ACVA. Retrieved 10 April 2015, from http://www.avca.org/includes/media/docs/powertips-3-11-2009.pdf

Tanner, R., & Gore, C. (2013). Physiological tests for elite athletes. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

1RM tests
Bench Press


Power Clean

15 feet sprint
Jump squats
Heat consideration
While indoor volleyball has a controlled environmental temp, beach volleyball is often in hot conditions.
-Hydration, appropriate sun gear and apparel important
Volleyball is primarily
anaerobic (rallies avg. 11 seconds of high intensity)

Shuttle run beep test may be done

Indoor games last up to 90 minutes; endurance still important
Agility test

Consent form
Safety precautions
Physical /medical clearance
Calibrated equipment
Proper warm-ups

Tests would occur before season/training begins (could be used for try-outs)

Same tests in same order after 8-12 weeks to assess training effectiveness (avoiding testing before or after competition).

Minimum 48 hours between strength and field testing days.
Environmental conditions (indoor court vs. beach)

(Tanner & Gore, 2013)
Sample volleyball battery
Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

300m shuttle run
1RM strength testing

shuttle run (beep) test

- skinfold
standing reach

https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=kTPLFAvvZI8
https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=I7k3hCF8Kh8

https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=p5oi-sEOWsI
https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=bzHpd4OuSZo
Reliability: same testing facility/technician

motivation levels

Valid: Coorelation to performance? Sometimes not the case ((AVCA volleyball performance index. Coaching volleyball 2.0, 2015))
multiple trials

Same time of day

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Thank you!
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