Vitamin D Gaining Respect

By Prateek Yadav Pakmen Volleyball Club Head Coach u18 Women's Team I recently came across an interesting article, "Vitamin D - A Key Player in Boned Heath, Sports Performance and Recovery", written by Dr. Emily Kraus. In the article, Kraus makes the case for the importance Vitamin D.  As athletes regularly push their limits while ... More

You Need to Recover!

By Reid Hall Pakmen Volleyball Club Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Strength and Conditioning Coaches need to effectively manipulate their training based on the needs of the athletes. It is not about going 100 miles per hour every training session. Volleyball players are practicing more, doing more position specific training, and ... More

Specialization can lead to higher injury rates?

By Prateek Yadav Pakmen Volleyball Club u18 Girls Head Coach A recent study conducted by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health concluded that high school athletes who specialize in a single sport sustain lower-extremity injuries at significantly higher rates than athletes who do not specialize in one sport. The ... More

Volleyball Is Becoming the Choice of Young Athletes

By Prateek Yadav Pakmen Volleyball Club u18 Women's Head Coach Volleyball has become the world’s second most popular sport after of course soccer or European football. This may surprise many living in North America, where Basketball, Baseball, American Football and Hockey are so popular. Volleyball is second in the world in terms of ... More

How Psychological Safety Can Improve Your Team’s Performance

By Jessy Satti Pakmen Volleyball Club u18 Men's Head Coach I recently came across an interesting article in the Harvard Business Review entitled High-Performance Teams Need Psychological Safety. Here's How to Create It, by Laura Delizonna PhD. In this article the author talks about psychological safety and how high performing teams need it ... More

Can this new rule change be a game changer?

By Jessy Satti Pakmen Volleyball Club u18 Men's Head Coach The U23 World Championships are being hosted in Cairo, Egypt this year, and they are using it as the platform to test out their new scoring rule.  The new rule being implemented in these championships is that all matches will be a best-of-seven with each set being played to 15 ... More

Sport Specialization

By Prateek Yadav Pakmen Volleyball Club Pakmen u18 Women's Head Coach The debate of sport specialization will go on for as long as sports are around, although specialization in a single sport at an early age is becoming more frequent. But is it the correct pathway? According to a research study recently published in USA Today,  30 out 32 ... More

Kelly smith the unlikely coach. pakmen volleybal.

The Unlikely Coach

Published in the Spring 2012 edition of Sweat Magazine, the official magazine of the OCAA Right on time, the small gym at David Leeder Middle School in Mississauga, Ont. starts to fill with Kelly Smith's current under-17 Pakmen team. A small crowd of players start to gather, looking focused and ready to work. They're currently the defending ... More