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What is Basketball Conditioning?

Jim B.
Updated Feb 16, 2024
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Basketball conditioning refers to the exercise regimen required to play the sport at a competitive level. The nature of the sport requires potential players to have a unique combination of speed, strength, and stamina. Proper basketball conditioning will address all of these areas in addition to focusing on leaping ability and short-burst power. All of these attributes must be balanced with the sport-specific skills such as shooting and ball-handling, which are necessary for a good player to have and must be maintained by consistent drilling.

Every basketball conditioning regimen should include exercises that are meant to improve both speed and stamina. Basketball requires players to sprint down the court from end-to-end often with little stoppage in play, but it also requires them to maintain that intense level of physical activity for long periods of time. It is necessary then for basketball fitness regimens to include plenty of sprinting along with running for longer distances so both areas are properly addressed.

Strength was an often overlooked attribute in basketball conditioning in the past, but the game has developed to the point that the best professional, college and high school players must be strong enough to withstand the physical rigors of the sport. Basketball requires a great level of agility as well, so too much bulk can be detrimental. As such, an aspiring player should include weightlifting in his or her fitness regimen, but he or she should lift lighter weights at higher repetitions. Following this type of regimen and concentrating on doing each lifting exercise to a full range of motion should give potential players the required strength without sacrificing agility.

Power in terms of short-burst running and jumping are crucial to a well-rounded basketball player. Great leaping ability helps a player get shots off, grab rebounds, and be a better defender. Jumping exercises like broad and squat jumps can address this need. Speed in short bursts can be addressed in drills that also incorporate game skills like shooting and ball-handling.

Individual drilling on specific aspects of the game can improve a player's conditioning while also sharpening his or her skills. Shooting, ball-handling, rebounding, and defensive slides all can be improved with drills that also achieve the goal of improving overall fitness levels. For instance, a dribbling drill done at full speed between pylons placed at various spots on the court will improve a player's ball-handling ability as well as improving their stamina and speed. Drills like these, along with game play, are the best way to improve basketball conditioning while keeping skill levels high.

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Jim B.
By Jim B. , Former Writer
Freelance writer - Jim Beviglia has made a name for himself by writing for national publications and creating his own successful blog. His passion led to a popular book series, which has gained the attention of fans worldwide. With a background in journalism, Beviglia brings his love for storytelling to his writing career where he engages readers with his unique insights.

Discussion Comments

By Sporkasia — On Feb 14, 2014

Swimming and basketball training have to be two of the best ways to get into shape. Both workouts involve so many muscles, and the workouts strengthen muscles without creating the big massive muscles, which can limit mobility.

By Drentel — On Feb 14, 2014
@Animandel - I have heard that expression many times, too. A couple years ago, I was watching a professional basketball player who had been injured and unable to play for a while be interviewed. In response to a question about his basketball conditioning workouts while he was injured, the basketball player used the very phrase we are talking about: You have to play basketball to get into basketball condition.

I'm sure he had the top trainers and the most advanced and up-to-date basketball training and conditioning program. So maybe that expression still applies, even in the modern world.

By Animandel — On Feb 13, 2014
If I had a dollar for every time I heard: you have to play basketball to get into basketball condition, then I would have quite a few dollars. I think the reason people say that so often is because it's true, or it used to be at least.

Maybe with all the new training methods and routines and the science involved in conditioning for basketball players, that old saying is no longer relevant.

Jim B.

Jim B.

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Freelance writer - Jim Beviglia has made a name for himself by writing for national publications and creating his own...
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