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Author: Gylton Da Matta Ph.D., Danillo Gomes Arruda, Jordi Català, Leandro Dutra, Antonio Marcos Lerbach, Ja
Editor: Gylton Da Matta Ph.D
Title: 21st Century Volleyball Expertise
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN/ISSN: 9781098384456
Edition: 1
Price: CHF 20.90
Publication date: 01/01/2021
Category: Sports
Language: English
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Pages: 465
Copy protection: kein Kopierschutz
Devices: PC/MAC/eReader/Tablet
Formate: ePUB
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'21st Century Volleyball Expertise' presents theories on the development of men's and women's volleyball, based on practical and lived experience of international coach Gylton Da Matta. In the past 20 years, the technical advancements in sports have been remarkable. In the case of volleyball, such advancement is observed through the improvement in systems of training and the increase of technical expertise demonstrated at the world-class level. From a technical standpoint, volleyball is now faster than ever. Serves are faster, more accurate, and more aggressive. Volleyball players are performing at the threshold of human reaction and at the top of their ability. Best for expert coaches and elite athletes, this book presents and reflects upon best practices, coaching expertise, athletes' excellence, higher education, and sports scientific issues.
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Figure 2. Accumulated amount of practice in hours of Brazilian experts (Practice E) and amount of play (Competition E) as compared to American experts’ counterparts (Practice I) and amount of play (Competition I). From a quantitative stand-point Brazilians practiced and played significantly more than the American counterparts.

In order to achieve exceptional levels of performance, the Brazilians engaged in a huge quantity and quality of practice not documented before in the volleyball literature(Da Matta, 2004; Da Matta, 2015). The major focus of Brazil has been improving the quality of practice and investmenting in injury prevention interventions to expand the longevity of players. Brazil has also abandoned some rigid long-term practice guidelines to embrace new concepts of expertise development that would best fit the needs of individual expert players according to their own specialized positions standards and criteria. In addition, Brazil creates a constant assessment program, adopts an individualized method of training, and implements a technical compensatory practice process to intentionally improve performance. Brazilian coaches invested in a holistic approach that aimed to enhance technical, tactical, physical, cognitive, and psychological performances of all teams while highlighting the athletes’ wellness for short and long-term player development. The qualitative thematic analysis and the content analyses exerted from the data and from interviews revealed that the quality of practice of Brazilian volleyball players who won the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, in Beijing and London respectively, was also superlative. After 2004, we have collected the same information through multiple sources/methods, and we have done further analysis on how much and what type of practice expert players from Brazil have been through. We observed that the hours of practice continue to accumulate. The main impact of this accumulation of deliberate practice is technical improvement of its players. On four different occasions, I have visited the Center for Volleyball Development and I was able to verify that practice intensity levels have maintained high over the past 12 years(Figure 2). From 2002 through 2016, I have been analyzing the career paths of top Brazilian and USA teams probing to find patterns, meaningful trends, and breakthroughs that can explain what experts do to reach and sustain exceptional levels of performance. The data analysis reveals remarkable amounts of practice and play.

Figure 3. Accumulated amount of practice beyond their 10th year and accumulated amount of play comparing Brazilian and American experts.

In figure 3, the author shares the amount of practice experienced by expert players exceeding the threshold of 10,000 hours. In fact, there is solid documentation that about 8-12 volleyball players, who have played in 3-5 Olympic Games, and have practiced almost 30,000 hours. E.g. Carol Gataz, Walewska Oliveira and Helia Souza (Fofao, Volleyball Hall of Fame). Thus, these cases raise the idea that the amount of practice is not the cause of career ending injuries,

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