Functional training techniques for Basketballers
Staying fit and injury free on the basketball court starts with the work you put in off court.
By using the correct exercises you can keep your body strong and flexible while reducing your risk of getting hurt and spending the season on the bench.
Core strength is at the centre of every functional movement during a basketball game. Described as the powerhouse of your body, strong core muscles are imperative for stability and balance.
Building a strong core requires more than crunches to work the deeper muscles. By incorporating the following functional training techniques into your daily exercise regime you will be in prime condition for game day.
- Common catching and throwing skills used in basketball can be easily be integrated into your training regime using a medicine ball. The additional use of PowerTube Pro equipment or resistance bands will challenge and strengthen the deeper core muscles.
- One workout session a week should be dedicated to unilateral training. In simple terms, this means exercising one side of your body at a time. It’s an excellent way to discover areas of weakness, target those muscles and amp up the intensity of your workouts.
- Basketball involves a lot of jumps. Plyometric training (leaping with both feet on to a box or step), also known as jump training, increases your speed, power and agility. The idea is to land with your weight evenly dispersed over your entire foot and using your body to absorb the impact. The skills acquired while attempting the “land like a cat” technique can be transferred on to the court.