Blog Sports

What Volleyball Analytics Can Coaches Get from KINEXON PERFORM IMU?

More and more coaches and players are implementing volleyball analytics to help improve their game. They’re using Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) to gain an edge and finding out that some metrics matter more than others. 

More and more coaches are relying on volleyball analytics to help them determine the success of their team.

Part of the reason that IMU systems are so popular is because they provide a window into the intricacies of player movements and strategies, ultimately improving the quality of play and the safety of athletes.

What is the Inertial Measurement Unit in Sports?

The metrics that an IMU system can track in volleyball go into the hundreds, but coaches can decide which ones matter most.

The Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) is a technology used to capture and analyze motion data. In sports, IMUs like KINEXON’s are integrated into wearable devices, which are worn by athletes to monitor their movements during practices and games. These devices contain sensors that track acceleration, orientation, and even location. 

IMUs are particularly useful in volleyball because they provide real-time data on player movements. These devices can be worn in sports vests, or in the waistbands of shorts, allowing coaches and sports scientists to collect data on various aspects of the game. Broadcasters can even use these metrics on live TV to provide viewers with a fresh perspective and deeper insight into the sport.

Clck the link below to watch a video about out how the AVP is using volleyball analytics to attract new fans and establish a stronger connection between them and the sport.

Watch Video

Which Metrics Matter Most to Volleyball Coaches?

IMU systems use player tracking devices to monitor where volleyball players are on the court and things like jump height.

Volleyball coaches are constantly seeking insights into their players’ performance. With KINEXON IMUs, they can access hundreds of valuable metrics. Some of the most critical metrics that matter to volleyball coaches include: 

  • Movement Patterns: Coaches can analyze player movement patterns, including lateral and forward/​backward movements, to optimize positioning and court coverage. 
  • Impact Analysis: IMUs provide data on the forces experienced by players during dives, digs, and falls, helping coaches identify potential injury risks and improve technique. 
  • Reaching Height: Knowing a player’s reaching height during a jump can help in setting and blocking strategies. 
  • Fatigue Monitoring: IMUs can track player fatigue by monitoring changes in movement patterns and speed, helping coaches make informed decisions about substitutions and training regimens. 

And in women’s volleyball, KINEXON PERFORM IMU tracking dashboards can be paired with daily survey questions to track menstrual cycle phases and well-being. Our innovative dashboards are the first to include cycle-oriented insights, allowing you to plan your training load more effectively. 

KINEXON is working hard to create metrics for women’s sports only, including volleyball. Download our brochure to learn more.


Why is Sports Analytics Important in Volleyball?

Volleyball analytics are helping players gain insights in college and on the AVP tour.

The importance of sports analytics in volleyball cannot be overstated. Here are several reasons why it’s changing the game: 

  • Performance Optimization: IMU data allows coaches to optimize player performance by identifying strengths and weaknesses, refining technique, and creating tailored training programs. 
  • Injury Prevention: With impact and movement data, coaches can spot trends that might lead to injuries. Early intervention can help keep players on the court. 
  • Strategic Insights: In a sport where every point matters, IMU metrics provide valuable insights into strategy development and game planning. 

The Inertial Measurement Unit provides a wealth of data that coaches never had access to before. It helps to optimize performance, prevent injuries, and craft winning strategies. 

If you’d like to learn more about how the KINEXON PERFORM IMU solution can help your team, contact us at any time or download the brochure below. 


More stories

Coaches who use a data-driven hockey software get better insights to make decisions.
What Data-Driven Hockey Software and Puck Data Can Do for Coaches and Players

The power of data in ice hockey is eye-opening. Analytics are enhancing player performance, strategic decision-making, and training development. But those aren’t the only ways data-driven hockey software is reshaping the game.

IMU data is collected during indoor sports lake handball, basketball, and volleyball to manage player workloads.
What Does an IMU Sensor Track in Elite Handball?

Handball players move fast and put lots of stress on their bodies. But more coaches are discovering that using the most-used load management system in sports helps to keep them on the court and playing their best for longer periods.

an athlete gps tracker is used by coaches to monitor how well a player is performing in many outdoor sports.
What Kind of Data Does a GPS Tracker for Football Players Provide?

Technology has become an integral part of enhancing player performance and reducing injuries. One such example is the GPS tracker for football players. But what kind of data does it provide? And what does this information tell coaches and players?

Paul Koier is with the UNC Charlotte 49ers Sport Performance Staff working with the women's basketball and women's tennis teams.
The Connection Between Basketball Data, Point Spreads, and Sports Performance

When it comes to women’s college basketball, every edge counts, both mentally and physically. This ensures the best possible outcome on game day. Even if it means using the daily line as motivation.

Ice hockey advanced statistics provide a level of detail about a player that you can't get from a box score.
Are On-Ice Skating Tests Essential for Coaches Who Evaluate Hockey Players?

On-ice skating tests are often used to evaluate essential performance attributes in competitive-level hockey players, including agility and speed. A recent study provides insights for coaches, that may help them pick the best tests and exercises to assess hockey players.

Eric Donoval is the director of sports performance for the football team at the University of Wyoming.
How Coaches Balance Football Analytics and Coach’s Intuition When Making Player Decisions

The interplay between hard data and human intuition in football is a delicate dance. Eric Donoval, the Director of Sports Performance for the University of Wyoming football team, provided insightful commentary on this intricate balance on a recent episode of The Xtra Edge” podcast.

Why Integrating Match and Training Data is Critical for Football Coaches

More and more coaches are taking advantage of the powerful combination of match data and GPS-based training data. This fusion of information is providing unprecedented insights into player performance, team dynamics, and game strategy.

GPS football tracking sensors are worn by players as a coach watches a dashboard that displays performance metrics.
How Coaches Are Unlocking Football Players’ Potential with GPS Tracking Insights

Technology’s influence on football is undeniable, particularly with the expanded use of GPS tracking. It plays a major role in painting a more comprehensive picture of individual players and overall team performance, leading to improved outcomes. And now it’s easier than ever for coaches to use. 

Dalton Knecht attended the NBA Combine after finishing his playing career for the Tennessee Volunteers of the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference.
What's the One Thing 2024 NBA Draft Combine Leaders Have in Common?

The NBA Draft Combine underscores the pivotal role of data-driven performance metrics in preparing athletes for high-stakes competitions. But there’s a commonality among the players who performed best during the strength and agility drills this year.

Dimitris Itoudis, one of the winningest coaches in EuroLeague history and uses basketball analytics to aid his decision-making.
Dimitris Itoudis is Mastering EuroLeague Basketball with Data-Driven Coaching

Dimitris Itoudis is one of the winningest coaches in EuroLeague basketball history and renowned for his strategic prowess. But he also exemplifies the marriage between traditional coaching wisdom and modern data analytics.

American football analytics are helping players plan better offseason workouts.
How Analytics Can Help Improve Collegiate Football Workouts

The offseason is a crucial time for college football players to improve their skills, strength, and conditioning. But how do you put together a training program that is as efficient as it is effective? Here’s a surefire way to start.

a recent study looked at the effectiveness of plyometrics workouts for handball players.
Researchers Uncover the Power of Plyometric Workouts for Elite Handball Players

A group of researchers set out to assess the impact Plyometric training might have on improving vertical jumps (and other performance metrics) of handball players at the elite or national level. Here’s what they learned.

In addition to being the Head Strength and Conditioning coach for Heroes Den Bosch, Coach Rik van Waes is also a physiotherapist.
Data-Driven Approach Fuels Coach’s Return-to-Play Protocol!

Injury recovery is a critical aspect of sports, and it’s where data can make a significant impact. As Rik van Waes, the Head Strength and Conditioning for the Heroes Den Bosch professional basketball team, puts it, Returning to play after an injury is one of the major things that data can contribute to.”

REWE Final4 Breaks New Ground with Cutting-Edge Handball

Each year, thousands of handball fans converge at the REWE Final4, while millions tune in from home. Alongside the Handball Bundesliga, it doesn’t get much bigger than this. Except this year. 

A study found Olympic derived strength training is good for women's volleyball players trying to improve their jump height.
Study Reveals: Olympic-Based Strength Training Enhances Handball Skills!

Imagine the power and agility of an Olympic athlete combined with the strength and endurance of a handball player. That’s exactly what a recent study set out to explore. The goal? To unlock new levels of performance for women handball players.