Basketball is a game of quick explosive starts and stops,shifts in balance and body awareness.
Coordination,quick changes of direction and jumping are just some of the skills performed in this arena of constant fatigue. Traditionally, basketball conditioing programs have placed too much emphasis on extensive aerobic training to ward off fatigue. However, for an athlete to optimize his or her athletic potential more emphasis must be placed on balance,stability,core,strength,power quickness and speed drills.
A major cause of compromised basketball performance and injury is a breakdown of an athletes structural integrity.
The ability to maintain good posture and body alignment during an offensive or defensive position is critical to their performance level on the court.
Basketball has a high incidence of lower body injuries more specifically related to foot and ankle closely followed by the knee, low back, hip and wrist.
Basketball is a game of balance and counter balance. Every time a player takes a step or transfers his or her body weight from one foot to the other he or she goes from a position of balanced to unbalanced.
so balance and stability are constantly being challenged in practice and games. The player with better stability will be able to more efficiently control his or her body movement and accomplish the following skills: free throw shooting, shooting on the move,rebounding and blocking out.
Building a foundation of structural integrity requires an athlete to master postural stability and balance prior to initiating basketball specific conditioing. That is why the Key to Basketball conditioning should begin with strengthening the foot and ankle joint thru balance and stability training. Next focus on training the core muscles in an upright position, the core includes your neck,abdominal,low back, hips and spinal rotators.
Consider this conditioning parable:
FOR WANT OF A STABLE FOOT, THE ANKLE WAS SPRAINED.
CUZ OF THE SPRAINED ANKLE,THE REBOUND WAS LOST,
CUZ OF THE MISSED REBOUND,THE SHOT WAS MADE,
CUZ OF THE SHOT MADE,THE GAME WAS LOST,
CUZ OF THE GAME LOST, THE SEASON WAS LOST,
ALL FOR THE WANT OF A STABLE FOOT!
To schedule your basketball performance evaluation and learn how to optimize your performance this season, while minimizing foot and ankle injuries thru foot and ankle, core and performance training, Call George Loconsole, C.S.C.S. at keepfitclub.com