FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Physical preparation, a key factor for teams to succeed

Players of Argentina during a stretch and conditioning session after a match at the Baja California High Performance Center in Tijuana.

Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico, July 7 2013 – A world championship is a competition that requires technical and tactical preparation for every team, but the physical part is also fundamental.

Teams like Argentina take good care of that. Federico Baroni is the man in charge of preparing players during this championship for the South American team. 

Baroni began to work with Argentina’s U19 unit in November 2012, after his experience at the A2 National League in his country. “The last weeks before the championship we set the final details in Buenos Aires as well as in Tijuana after our arrival,” He said.

“The work charges went down, it was necessary, so the players could not get tired. We faced very tough rivals like Cuba and some other teams in a very even Pool,” Baroni reminded.

But Physical preparation is a process that goes beside a good and healthy nutrition for athletes. “We began with some recommendations along with the medical area. If the boys want to grow as athletes They have to learn how to do it.”

Proper Hydration was also a key factor, specially when playing in some places where with high temperature. “When we arrived in Mexico we considered that seriously because of the heat in Mexicali. Fortunately We had no issues about that.” 

Once the competition started, the Physical work goal changed. “In a world championship the main objective is ti optimize the recovering process when a player has a lot of activity during a match, on the other side those who haven’t played a lot have also to be in good shape.” 

Balance is so important, according to Baroni. “That’s why We divide the team in two groups, to practice at the fitness room and to recover flexibility with hydrotherapy.”

Physical preparation plays a key role along with the technical, tactical and psychological part. However there is another important detail. “These players are still in a formation age and are still sensitive in terms of development. We as professionals, have to get the best of that.” 

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