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USA Basketball and the NBA announced a set of rules and standards for youth basketball competitions to enhance the development and playing experience for young athletes.

  • Author:
    By Alan Stein
  • Date:
    Jan 11, 2017

I love the English language and have always been fascinated by words. While I'm a basketball strength and conditioning coach by vocation, writing and public speaking are two of the mediums I use to disseminate my message of safe, purposeful, and innovative training techniques and concepts all over...

  • Date:
    Dec 14, 2016

If you've played basketball for any amount of time, this probably has happened to you. You're going up for a rebound. Or you're trying to steal a pass from the other team. Or your dribbling was disrupted by a defender. Whatever the case, the ball was deflected and awkwardly struck the tip of one of...

  • Author:
    By Alan Stein, CCS, CSCS
  • Date:
    May 18, 2016

In order to maximize potential on the court, it is imperative for basketball players to develop healthy eating habits. What a player eats determines their body fat levels as well as how much energy they have for intense workouts, practices and games. Dave Stagnita , the brilliant strength and...

  • Author:
    Dr. T.J. Allan
  • Date:
    Mar 30, 2016

According to legendary (that's still an understatement) strength coaches Verkhoshansky and Siff: Metabolism is very specific to the intensity and duration of the sporting event, to the extent that excessive development of one type of fitness may have a profoundly detrimental effect on another type...

  • Author:
    Blair O'Donovan
  • Date:
    Aug 7, 2012

Gaining positive weight (lean muscle tissue) is not easy for most basketball players given their taller frames and high metabolisms. But it is doable! It requires a high level of focus, consistency, and effort. Many high school age players are coming towards the end of their season now...and will...

  • Author:
    By Ryan Wood
  • Date:
    Aug 3, 2011

Kendall Wallace was playing pickup basketball on August 31, 2010 in Las Vegas. Nothing was out of the ordinary. During a random play, he received a high pass from a teammate. He jumped up and caught the pass, and as he landed, he immediately put the ball on the floor and darted left. It was a move...

  • Author:
    By Danny McLarty
  • Date:
    Jul 19, 2011

You've been working hard on your game. Your handles, your jump shot, your pull-up J -- it's all coming together. That's great, keep at it! But there's an area of improved performance that most people don't even consider: nutrition. Eating right will help you perform at your highest. It will help...

One of a coach’s major responsibilities is to be prepared for any medical situation. In basketball, the most common injuries are skinned knees, turned or sprained ankles, perhaps even a banged head. To cope with these injuries, always have a fully-stocked first aid kit handy. Such a kit should...

DEALING WITH BUMPS AND BRUISES By Tamara Pool, Athletic Trainer For the vast majority of bumps, scrapes, and so on, ice is always the best approach. Ice the injury immediately for 15 minutes, and if necessary, keep using the ice sporadically over the next day or two. The RICE approach is the best:...

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