“Joint Effort”

“You’re not alone in an examining room, anxiously awaiting the results of your MRI. You think back to how the injury occurred, blocking your best friend in practice. The doctor comes in and delivers the sobering news, “You have ruptured your ACL, which will require reconstructive surgery and keep you off the court for the [...]

By |2017-09-07T08:57:38+00:00September 7th, 2017|Health, Uncategorized|Comments Off on “Joint Effort”

5 Essential Nutrition Tips for Volleyball Players

A big part of getting players to perform their best is making sure they’re eating the right things at the right time. Experts will tell you that eating and drinking is as much a part of playing good volleyball as fitness training and practicing skills. Not surprisingly, the Penn State women’s team, which won the [...]

By |2017-08-24T07:51:29+00:00August 24th, 2017|Health, Lifestyle, The SoCal Way|Comments Off on 5 Essential Nutrition Tips for Volleyball Players

“Team Sports Boost Life Satisfaction, says London School of Economics”

“People who are still choosing which sport to take up this January should pick something that involves a team, a new study suggests. Researchers from the London School of Economics found that by playing sport in a team participants not only gain the health benefits of exercise, but can boost long-term happiness. In the study of 459 athletes those in teams reported being [...]

By |2017-08-16T08:29:33+00:00August 16th, 2017|Health, Lifestyle, The SoCal Way|Comments Off on “Team Sports Boost Life Satisfaction, says London School of Economics”

“10 Muscle Groups Every Volleyball Player Must Stretch”–Aaron Brock MS, ATC

"As the Head Athletic Trainer for the Men's Olympic Volleyball Team it's my job to make certain that the athletes remain healthy and limber for competition. Tight muscles can lead to poor performance and injury and increasing flexibility can help to improve these conditions. Stretching comes in many forms but for now we're just going [...]

By |2017-06-12T12:28:21+00:00June 12th, 2017|Health, Lifestyle|Comments Off on “10 Muscle Groups Every Volleyball Player Must Stretch”–Aaron Brock MS, ATC

“The Healthiest Way to Improve Your Sleep: Exercise” –Sandee LaMotte

“If you’re one of the third of all Americans who suffer from insomnia — roughly 108 million of us — put away your sleeping pills. Science has a much safer solution. “There has been more and more research in the last decade showing exercise can reduce insomnia,” Rush University clinical psychologist Kelly Glazer Baron [...]

By |2017-06-06T08:43:17+00:00June 6th, 2017|Health, Lifestyle|Comments Off on “The Healthiest Way to Improve Your Sleep: Exercise” –Sandee LaMotte

“5 Critical Reasons Your Child Should Play Team Sports”-Brandon Capaletti

The competitive nature and intense pressure that often comes with team sports may make parents think twice about allowing their children to take part. Before you completely write off team sports, though, consider the many social, psychological and academic benefits that can be enjoyed just by taking part in a sport as a member of the [...]

By |2017-06-02T10:13:36+00:00June 2nd, 2017|Health, Lifestyle, The SoCal Way|Comments Off on “5 Critical Reasons Your Child Should Play Team Sports”-Brandon Capaletti

I Am Proud to be a Female Athlete

I recently read a wonderful article, "How I Learned to Love My Body as a Female Athlete", written by USC's Junior Libero, Victoria Garrick. Since reading the article, I've had time to reflect on what Garrick wrote and believe that on so many levels this piece is an important read for female athletes of all [...]

By |2017-02-15T08:35:48+00:00February 13th, 2017|Health, Lifestyle, The SoCal Way, This Week at SoCal, Travel|Comments Off on I Am Proud to be a Female Athlete

It’s That Time of Year

For what, you say?  Injury - causing pain, functional limitations and loss of playing time.  Club volleyball definitely has its fair share of injury and impairment.  Why?  Because we are an intense group of athletes who love our sport, who crave more and more despite the effects on our body, who work hard, who breakdown [...]

By |2016-11-22T17:47:27+00:00March 22nd, 2016|Beach, Health, The SoCal Way|Comments Off on It’s That Time of Year

You already have what it takes to be great!

What does it take to be amazing at your sport? If you show up to practice every time, isn’t that enough?! Ever since a young age, I always dreamed of being a professional athlete. The problem was that I didn’t know what MY sport would be. In middle school, I tried everything football, baseball, basketball, [...]

By |2016-03-17T17:47:55+00:00March 17th, 2016|Beach, Health, Lifestyle, The SoCal Way|Comments Off on You already have what it takes to be great!

What is Spirit Pizza?

Spirit Pizza is about maximizing awesomeness. Because when you feel amazing, you have the capacity to do more of what you love. Being awesome-r isn’t as hard as you think. (Most “experts” over-complicate what works, because for them: complication=profit) In actuality, if you combine simple principles of psychology and biology with self-experimentation, you’re on the [...]

By |2016-03-02T18:04:09+00:00March 2nd, 2016|Health, The SoCal Way|Comments Off on What is Spirit Pizza?