Volleyball Pre-Season Workout Tip

If you're getting ready to sign up for a summer volleyball league, here's a shoulder strength development strategy that produced effective results for high school players. A study published in the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation reported on how 12 weeks of work with a weighted jump rope increased upper body strength for these athletes. Using an unweighted rope also produced measurable improvements.

True Strength Moment: Jumping rope has been a favorite conditioning tool of professional fighters for decades. Not only does it whip you into shape, but the coordination required to keep yourself from tripping makes you focus on timing. That's not a bad side benefit for volleyball players. If jumping rope can also help you develop upper body strength, this school yard pastime should have a place in your pre-season training.
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