From Battling Landmines to Conquering 24 Surgeries, Matt Anderson Reveals the Secret for His Unmatched Longevity in the Sport

Published 11/11/2023, 10:37 PM EST

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The US Men’s Volleyball National team has made their spot in the Paris Olympics 2024. Matt Anderson and the team are on the road to redemption for what happened at the Tokyo Olympics. Using in-house competitiveness, the players are trying to be the best in the sport. Not skipping one training day, to keep the spot in the roster you have to give it your all every day. and along similar lines, Matt Anderson is abiding by that rule and is giving his all.

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The US Volleyball Olympic team is made up of Olympic veterans and young up-and-coming players. Matt Anderson is one of the veterans who have been with the team since his debut in 2008. His attacks are powerful and the outside hitter still plays with strong form like he did in 2008. He had his fair share of injuries but has come back stronger from all of them. There is something special about the veteran player still at the peak of high performance.

Secret of high performance in the sport

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@coachdonny posted a reel on Instagram in which Matt Anderson shared the secret of his career longevity and how he keeps himself capable of going toe to toe with some of the young up-and-coming strong players.

@coachdonny shared the video on his Instagram reel and wrote a question every volleyball fan has been thinking about, “How does Matt Anderson still play at the highest level at the age of 36? Learn from the man himself ”

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Talking to @coachdonny Anderson revealed the secret of his career longevity. “You know, knowing your body is so huge and knowing what you need to do. Not only in the technical aspect of the sport you’re playing but also in the physical preparation. I don’t know I’ve been in the gym for thousands of hours and have got how many reps that I can kind of condense that down to an hour” he said to @coachdonny.

 

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Matt Anderson is an outside hitter for the US National team. He has been in the competitive ecosystem of volleyball for almost two decades now. From his debut in 2008 to now qualifying for the Olympics, he is one of the greatest indoor volleyball players. 

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More than just a physical thing

That is not all for the greatness Matt Anderson has achieved. Matt served in the US Army and did a tour of Afghanistan. It was there that he got injured in the anti-personnel landmine blast. It took a total of 24 surgeries for him to make it and two years in physical therapy. It isn’t just physical capability that is keeping him consistent.

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It is also the mental capacity and the sheer will that he holds. Matt has shown great perseverance throughout his career and his life. Even after all the adversaries, Matt has found his way back the volleyball. And not just find his way but carve it into a victory path.

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Shantnu Dobhal

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I hail from a family of football enthusiasts and hence, I grew up seeking the adrenaline rush that comes while watching the sport that serves thrill to its spectators. Growing up as I found my professional calling as a writer and an artist, the sporting realm is something that has become a part of my everyday life. While I love to write about NCAA wrestling, volleyball, basketball, and equestrian sports; what interests me the most is the Olympic events and its glory.
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