[Volleyball/Usa] Galen Tomlinson: “The most important thing is to understand that each athlete is different, identify the athlete’s needs”

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galen4We had the chance some months ago to “meet” in Busto Arsizio Galen Tomlinson, Carli Lloyd’s uncle. He is a volleyball trainer in Usa, so we chatted with him (by mail) for understanding other aspects about this sport in Usa.

Following Carli in her sport life, he could see Uyba’s training, so we asked him which are the main differences between his job and the one of the team: “I did watch the Busto girls and I saw two big differences. First, when lifting weights I train full range of motion- not half, and second, when I train my girls I do a lot of core rotation work”. So, let’s find out which is his method of work:” During preseason and offseason it is important for my athletes to focus on building strength. This can be called the “strength phase”. Lifting during this phase can be done anywhere from 4-6 days per week. When the season starts it is important to maintain what the athletes have worked on during the “strength phase”. During this phase the athletes lift 3-4 days per week with easier workouts depending on the match schedule.  When playoffs start we want to take advantage of all of the work we have done so we stop lifting to allow the athlete to be as fresh as possible on game-day. The reason I choose the movements and exercises I do is because they have more transfer to the sport of volleyball. I think it is important to understand that within each sport there are different positions. So, when I train my athletes the workouts I prepare are built for a specific position. You have to look at the position and recognize what the athlete needs to be successful and train accordingly. For example, liberos would train different than attackers”.

galenWe proceed with physical preparation: Italy vs USA. Which are the main differences between the two styles? Galen: “It is not a country vs. country kind of situation. It depends greatly on the trainer and what kind of program each trainer believes is the best for the athlete. I think the most important thing is to understand that each athlete is different, identify the athlete’s needs, and train accordingly”

Another interesting aspect  on which we want focus is dialogue between colleagues: ”Yes, I believe dialogue is always important to improve knowledge on the sport and to improve as a coach. Ideas and views are always shared at every level which allows for new thoughts and creates change. There are coaching seminars here throughout the year where coaches gather to share their views and strategies on what is working best. I have attended some of these and believe that the more communication there is between coaches is a direct transfer to the athletes and helps to grow the sport”.

galen3And finally one important question: not having a real professional league, after college the possibility to play volleyball for the best athletes is really low… And here’s his answer, really interesting: “There is not a clear process for US athletes to find professional clubs in other countries. It can be difficult for some athletes to find agents, and clubs to play for because there are not a lot of opportunities for the athletes to be seen overseas. Some athletes are contacted after their collegiate career by an agent, others are referred to agents by friends, and still others have to search for a way to get in contact with an agent. Recently a professional league started in the US so this could change over the next few years, but in the past after college athletes had two options if they wanted to continue playing volleyball. One was to tryout for the national team, and the other was to find a club to play for outside of the US. Currently there is a third option for US athletes and that is to play in the Premier Volleyball League. In the past there hasn’t been enough support to have a professional league in the US, but we all hope that this one can succeed.”

galen2A little personal curiosity about Galen: many of you know him because he took part in American Gladiator, a famous American program: “It was a physical and competitive TV show. My job was to compete against new contestants each week in different physical competitions. I did A.G. because it was fun! I learned that the public liked characters more on TV than the real individual. Example, fan mail would come in and people would say what a great person Turbo was, but they really did not know me and who I was”.

Cristina Gatti – Matteo Mangiarotti. A special thanks to Galen and Carli for kind availability.

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