Mechanical differences between three block jump approaches in NCAA DII college volleyball players

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Djuly Schmorantz
Tal Amasay
Nataniel Boiangin
Claire Egret


The purpose of the study was to examine the kinematics and kinetics differences between three common block approaches used in volleyball games: (1) shuffle block, (2) chicken wing block, and (3) swing block, from a fixed distance of 1.8 m. Ten female collegiate volleyball players from NCAA DII participated in the study. They performed, in a randomized order, a total of 18 blocks equally distributed among the three block types. Noraxon MyoResearch 3 software was used to analyze the block approaches. The statistical analysis was performed by running a Repeated Measurement ANOVA on Jamovi statistical software 2.3.24. The results showed that there was a significant main effect for time to take off, jump height, max knee flexion angles, peak power, relative peak power, net impulse, reactive strength index, max rate of force development, peak force, and relative peak force between the three types of blocks (p < .05). While max valgus knee angles and max flexion hip angles did not show any effect (p > .5). To cover a distance of 1.8m, it was clear that shuffle block was the weakest option for good block performances, while chicken wing and swing blocks were similar in many aspects. Both chicken wing and swing blocks can be used to elevate the block effectiveness of volleyball players compared to shuffle block.

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Schmorantz, D., Amasay, T., Boiangin, N., & Egret, C. (2024). Mechanical differences between three block jump approaches in NCAA DII college volleyball players. Scientific Journal of Sport and Performance, 3(2), 228–237.
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