Volleyball Camps Keep Players Active

Options are Limited During Summer, with Prep and Club Seasons Coming Up

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Summer is slow for competitive volleyball. So players flock to camps in order to stay sharp.

“The kids need to keep improving at the high school level,” said UMD Assistant Volleyball coach Christyn May. “Especially if they want to continue after high school.”

May, who also coaches in the Minnesota North club program, along with former Bulldog All-America Kate Lange have spent the summer teaching kids across the Northland the right way to play.

“Being able to have Kate and I come in teach skills and keep them is stuff they can carry over for the rest of the summer,” said May.

“It’s awesome to see how many kids we’ve had come out this summer,” added Lange, who played a season professionally in France. The Hibbing native knows how tough the summer can be with competitive options limited.

“It’s so hard to go from sitting around to forcing yourself to be active again,” she says.

That’s why Lange often spent her summers at camps like the one she now helps run.

“That was one of my favorite things to do in high school,” she says. “The more touches on a ball you can get, the better you’re going to become and the quicker you’re going to be able to move up the ladders.”

“As people play volleyball more and more, they actually stress the shoulder enough that they can get abnormal motion,” said Dr. John Watkins, an orthopedic surgeon with St. Luke’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. According to Dr. Watkins, overhead athletes, like volleyball players, are at risk for shoulder trouble.

“This can cause specific problems with pain, mechanical type symptoms,” he says. “Some of those are much more frequent in overhead athletes.”

“Whether you’re competing at a high level or just doing it for fun, you have to listen to your body,” said Lange who said injuries weren’t her “favorite thing in the world.”

The key, according to May, is variety.

“It’s more important that the kids are not only playing multiple sports, but doing all sports year round to work on the skills,” May said.

However, with both high school and club seasons approaching, now is an important time for volleyball players to stay active.

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