Sports Performance
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Basketball is one of the most popular high school and college sports for both men and women. To excel at this fast-paced sport, players must have speed and agility, plus the ability to change direction, jump high and keep up the pace until the buzzer sounds.

Indiana University Health Sports Performance can give you the best foundation for success by helping you develop key skills for basketball.

Training Program

Before your training begins, one of our certified strength and conditioning coaches will assess your specific level and needs using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), a tool to identify your specific strengths and weaknesses performing a variety of tests.

We will develop an individual training program based on the results of your FMS and your goals for that sport.

Some of the primary areas of focus in your basketball performance-training plan include:

  • Speed: Learn proper acceleration and deceleration mechanics to get to the basket faster.
  • Height: Master proper jumping and landing mechanics to maximize your vertical jump.
  • Strength and flexibility: Improve the power of your shots and passes.
  • Agility: Increase your ability to make quick transitions and change directions.
  • Coordination and balance: Gain better ball control and improve your stability.

The recommended schedule for off-season training is two sessions per week, eventually decreasing to once a week during the season. Either group classes or individual training sessions may be arranged.

Preventing Basketball Injuries

Both male and female basketball players are prone to ankle and knee injuries, upper leg strains and concussions. Learning and practicing proper movement mechanics, improving lower body strength and energy system development can reduce the chance of injury and keep you on the court performing more powerfully.

To schedule your free Functional Movement Screen and find out how performance training can improve your basketball skills, call 317.848.JUMP (5867).