Helping Sideout Athletic Development Conduct Important Research on Volleyball Players: Day 1

Helping Sideout Athletic Development Conduct Important Research on Volleyball Players: Day 1

Our training philosophy at Engineered Bodies stems from functional movement and since we’ve started, we’ve seen some amazing results not only in our own athletic performance but everyone of our clients as well. Last month Aaron and I went to the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) advanced seminar and at one of the lectures, a gentleman by the name of Mishca Harris was requesting assistance in a study he was conducting on the FMS, jump technique and injury prediction in volleyball players. I was sending him an email to say that I was interested in helping out while he was still giving us his pitch.   This was definitely a unique opportunity to practice screening athletes in a team setting and something that I wanted to be a part of.

Here’s a little background on Mishca. He’s currently head of strength of conditioning for Team Canada Volleyball and is also the founder of Sideout Athletic Development. Sideout specializes in the development of volleyball players by providing the athlete with the best technical and physical training to help them reach their potential. They also use the FMS as their baseline for physical assessment.

The subjects for the research project are the men’s and women’s University of British Columbia (UBC) and Trinity Western University (TWU) volleyball teams and this past Monday was the first day of data collection. Data collection was divided into four stations:

  1. Vertical jump
  2. (FMS) Deep squat + Hurdle step + Inline lunge
  3. (FMS) Shoulder mobility + Active straight leg raise
  4. (FMS) Trunk stability push up + rotary stability
Each station was run by a tester and a camera person.  For the sake of not completely taking up the team’s entire practice session for data collection, the team went on and practiced as scheduled while players were asked to step out of practice to perform each of the stations.  Here are some shots from that evening.

There’s more data to collect in December as the UBC women’s team and TWU men’s and women’s teams still need to be screened. After that, Mischa will crunch the numbers and see if there is a correlation between FMS scores, jump technique, and injury prediction for volleyball players. I’ll do another post when we screen again and definitely once Mischa completes and anounces the results of his research. Exciting stuff. Imagine being able to predict injuries and train in a way you can prevent them?  I’m glad that our training philosophy is in line with top-notch companies like Sideout Athletic Development.


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