BASKETBALL PLAYERS NEED TO TRAIN MORE THAN THREE SESSIONS A WEEK TO IMPROVE IN PHYSICAL CAPACITIES
Mondoni, M. (2009). Evolution of explosive strength and maximum oxygen consumption in high and medium level basketball players. A paper presented at the 14th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Oslo, Norway, June 24-27.
This study monitored the improvements due to training programs in two different qualification levels of basketball players (N = 43). Group A consisted of high level athletes (1st and 2nd division, N = 22). Group B was comprised medium level players (3rd and 4th division, N = 21). Ss performed the same program of technical and physical conditioning (eight training sessions a week for group A; three for group B). Explosive strength and VO2max were measured at the beginning and halfway through the competitive season. Explosive force was assessed by measuring jump height in a countermovement vertical jump test. Each S performed three trials and the best jump attempt was recorded. VO2max was indirectly estimated.
Group A had a significant increase of both jump height and VO2max. Group B did not change over the first half on the season.
Implication. More than three practice sessions a week are required of basketball players to achieve changes in jump height (explosive force) and VO2max.
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