One of my favorite things in volleyball is when I can apply my passion for the sport with my passion to do my job. The nuts and bolts of proper biomechanics are key to both volleyball and Therapy. A trained foundation leads to becoming a healthy, powerful athlete.

By having sound mechanics, the joints are protected from injury and the muscles  are free to move properly. Translated to volleyball, the better the quality of movement, the better the skill, the better the player. Similar to Therapy. The more stable a movement pattern, the quicker the recovery time, the less chance of re injury.

More important than the physical, there are neural patterns of movement that become ingrained in the brain – neural pathways.  By consolidating a specific motor task into memory through repetition, the task can eventually be performed without conscious effort. It decreases the need for attention and creates maximum efficiency within the motor and memory systems.

Just as it helps us become very good, it can make us absolutely terrible at a skill as well.  When a task is performed incorrectly,  your brain doesn’t know any different. That’s why it’s important to practice the correct skill in the correct way. Quality.

So next time your coach corrects your form even if you served an ace, or your Physical Therapist corrects your core positioning to create alignment while performing shoulder strengthening, know that they are helping you establish faultless skills, on both the physical and neural levels. Your future performance, efficiency, and overall health will benefit greatly from quality biomechanics.

Gwen Alden is SoCal’s Resident Physical Therapist.  She has her own office , HealthWest Therapy, located here in our Wellness Center, at 1482 La Mirada Dr, San Marcos, CA 97078.  She is available for consultations and appointments by contacting her at 760-704-7000 or by email at [email protected]