It is paramount that the athlete has the athletic foundation necessary to Accelerate, Control, and Decelerate Forces for all forms of Athletic Movement. Ground reaction forces place tremendous amounts of stress on the athletes support structures (joints, tendons and ligaments). Over 80% of athletic injury occurs during Deceleration, Stopping, Landing and Change of Direction. Thus, Joint preservation should always be a paramount goal in plyometric activities. Not only do athletes have gravity pushing down on them, the ground will also push back on them. As the speed and amplitude of the movement increases, so does the ground reaction force. While jumping, the ground reaction force can be 4 to 11 times one’s own body weight. Inadequate stability, strength, flexibility, mobility and neuromuscular control under these types of forces will place tremendous amounts of stress to the athletes support structures (joints), thus increasing risk of injury (acute and/or chronic injury). Having a sound Athletic Strength and Conditioning foundation as a result adhering to proper athletic movement progression is crucial to the safety and effectiveness of an Athletic Performance Enhancement & Sports Specific & Mastery of Skill Development and Competition.
To utilize a scientifically researched and an anecdotal based information to establish a safe and progressive Athletic Performance Enhancement / Strength & Conditioning Program for maximizing, stability, balance, flexibility mobility, neuromuscular control, strength, power and performance metrics to enhance injury reduction, efficiency of movement and overall athletic performance enhancement metrics. To also establish a foundation for Center of Gravity Training necessary for Acceleration, Deceleration, Stopping and Loaded Change of Direction experienced by the athlete during high velocity Multiplane Speed, Agility, Quickness and Reaction movements under states of metabolic fatigue.
The rigor of Basketball play requires a myriad of performance demands placed on the athlete. First and foremost they have to possess superior metabolic conditioning and overall fitness in order to maintain efficient, productive and effective movement mechanics under a states of fatigue. Stimulating adaptation along the lines of Movement, Strength and Power Development along with Energy System Development progressions will enhance the proper coordination necessary to reduce the chance for acute and/or chronic injury while maximizing the athletes ability to perform at a consistently high level over the course of practice and game play.
A basketball player who possesses high-agility can use it to advantage in competition. High quality agility decreases the potential for injury, improves performance and evasiveness by allowing the athlete to fake, freeze and/or neutralize the competition, and this defines the athlete’s ability to adjust to an outside object such as opponents and the actual basketball.
A Basketball Specific Training Program will highlight and utilize fundamental movement patterns and skill development so coaches can clearly identify and address gaps, deficiencies and/or liabilities for the purpose of lowering the probability of acute and/or chronic injury, enhance efficient movement mechanics, improve overall athletic performance metrics as transferring these learned movement patterns seamlessly to sports specific skill, mastery, and tactical development
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