By Adam Robinson
Back in 2015, Adam Robinson of Ipswich Strength & Conditioning gave us an introduction to strength and conditioning. Having since gained experience as part of the GB Programme and as a National League Coach at Ipswich Basketball Club, we thought this was worth sharing again...
A player needs to be strong and well-conditioned to perform their sport to the best of their capabilities.
As obvious as it sounds, there are still many players and coaches that do not put this aspect of sport performance at as high a priority as it should be.
When talking basketball specifics there are many aspects of a player’s game that can not only be improved and developed by appropriate strength and conditioning programme, but aspects can be maintained at a high level as well.
If a player is too fatigued in the 4th quarter to make a shot or to close out on defence, can it be improved by strength and conditioning training? If a player is too slow at moving in different directions in order to stay with an opposing player, can that be improved by strength and conditioning? If a player consistently picks up hampering injuries and niggle that effect on court work, can that be improved by strength and conditioning? If a player’s balance is off when closing out or weak in an offensive post position or always losing out on rebounds, can these all be helped? I would argue yes to all of the above.
The above examples hopefully give a broader scope and idea of what strength and conditioning can do for a player. It’s not just the obvious well published benefits of putting on muscle or jumping higher.
Strength and conditioning is a broad spectrum of exercise and if programmes are given correctly can improve basketball specific attributes, prevent injuries and teach new skills. The idea of strength and conditioning is to create an all-round athlete which can not only maximise their potential as a sports person but also cope with the environment of competitive sport.
You could argue that ultimately, what a player can do with the basketball will mean nothing if their body cannot cope with the demands of the game, and any player who has played the game will know it is a demanding sport.
ONE2ONE Basketball will aim to address all of the above through the medium of this website, with helpful exercises, tips and advice. Articles delivered on a consistent basis we will try and help any player improve their game.
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