Like any sport (individual or collective), basketball, requires a good physical preparation in order to be as efficient as possible. Indeed, a good preparation allows to decrease the risk of injuries and increase the performance of each of your athletes. However, this sport has a very specific characterisitcs
The characteristics of Basket-ball
You should know that a basket player is in average for half the game (20 minutes). Moreover, a player perform in average hundreds of jumps per game and about 50 sprints of less 5 seconds. The preparation must therefore allow your athletes to meet these needs.
The different areas of work to be perfected during the physical preparation for Basket-Ball
It is essentiel, as in most of sports, to establish the aerobic bases which will allow your athletes to digest the load of the summer preparation but also that during the whole season. For that, it is recommended to do sessions that are not very intense but that last over the time by soliciting the aerobic system (footing, fartlek, split, intermittent…).
As mentionned earlier, basketball is a change of pace sport. Explosiveness plays a key role in this sport. It is therefore necessary to work both Maximal Aerobic Power on the short-short or short intermittent but also to add changes of direction, jump … It is a question of alternating times of work with times of recovery. As this sport requires relatively short sprints ,we reccomend that intermittent work should not exceed 30 seconds. The Sportbeeper PRO would be suitable for this type of exercise.
Finally, let’s remember that power is equal to force multiplied by speed. Working on plyometrics is fundamental. Indeed, this type of work allows to improve vertical elasticity, to rise the capacity to change direction, to gain in strength endurance and thus to prevent possible injuries during the reception of jumps. In complement to the reinforcement of the lower body, it will be necessary to dwell on the the upper body. This work could be done with or without loads.