Element #2 = Your “strength and conditioning” should be age specific and athletic movement based “Do you even lift?” Before being a fun figure of speech, most coaches and athletes used the term “lifting” to describe strength training for sports. Lifting weights is one mechanism for strength training but far from the only. Recently the term “lifting” has been replaced by “strength and conditioning”. Even that term does not accurately describe the true needs of the athlete.
Summer is here. Often athletes use summer camps for development. Sport Foundations has basketball and performance training camps starting June 24. But to optimize an athlete's ability they also need to prepare their body outside the field of play. I want to use the next several weeks to blog on what I consider to be the 6 essential elements to optimizing athletic performance and sport skill. The first essential element is sleep, specifically sleeping 10 hours per day. Sle
As the game of basketball continues to evolve, patterned offenses are less and less common. Technology has made scouting so much easier. Defensive players are smarter and more sophisticated. Teams relying on plays to win games will not have sustained success. Successful teams must have "players", players who can read defenses, players who can react to defensive action and players who can find the biggest advantage for their offense. The Wisconsin Badgers had a lot of succ
A full size mens basketball is 29.5-30 inches in circumference with diameter of about 9.5 inches if fully inflated. The diameter of the hoop itself is 18 inches from edge to edge. Meaning you can force two basketballs through a hoop at the same time. So why is it so hard to for some players to shoot one ball through then? That is where physics comes in. The entry angle of the ball will determine what the “active” diameter is, as well as how soft or hard it will hit off t
We are half way in to the basketball season. I've been to a lot of games in the past 2 months. As a person who doesn't like to be late, I have had a chance to see the pre-game warm up for most of these games. Most of the time I see half speed lay up lines, stationary shooting and a collection of players laying near half court stretching. Some of the warm ups even involve another person stretching the player or the use of fancy straps. If you have been to games I am sure