Injury Free Conditioning "How do I get in shape for basketball?"
Flexibility and superb physical conditioning are THE major deterrents to sports injuries!
STAY OUT OF THE WEIGHT ROOM until you are playing college basketball with professional conditioning coaches and physical therapists assisting you with your basketball training and even then be overly cautious with heavy weights.

There are plenty of strengthening programs and basketball workouts available that do not include weight training or heavy weight training.  Bo Jackson, never did any weight training, and Bo knows.  Ankles are the Achilles Heel of basketball players; it's the nature of the game. 
ALL basketball players will benefit from the following excellent ankle exercise.  You need a resistance band, about 4 feet long, and two ankles.
Secure the band at ankle level to something stable.  Stand perpendicular to attached area.  Attach the other end around your outside ankle, raise that ankle 2" off the floor and pull the band sideways away from your planted foot a little more than shoulder's width, slowly, 25 to 50 repetitions.  Turn 90 degrees and pull the band 25 to 50 reps.  Turn 90 degrees and pull the band sideways toward your planted foot 25 to 50 repetitions, slowly, always slowly.  Turn 90 degrees and pull the band 25 to 50 reps, extending your leg a little more than shoulders width during each of these movements.  Attach the band to your other ankle and perform the entire exercise again.  Do this everyday and you may never turn or roll an ankle.  This also works on ankles already prone to turning.  One can do this exercise everyday.  I guess I need to mention, the ankle getting strengthened during this exercise is the one planted on the floor. 

Trained properly, male basketball players, five foot eight inches (5' 8") tall and taller, should be able to slam-dunk at the junior varsity level of high school basketball.  Proper basketball training is strenuous but not injurious. 

Developing Basketball Conditioning
Flexibility, strength and stamina; the most important thing an athlete can do for themselves and their team.
Dave Lemanczyk, professional basketball strength trainer, says: “The most popular mistake an athlete makes is training with resistance before bodily leverages are optimized.  You need to develop optimal flexibility THEN add resistance to specific movement tasks.  Body building can be detrimental to a player since ballers are advanced movers. 
Simply put, if an athlete trains with resistance before developing flexibility, s/he risks great injury.” 

Cross-training is one of the finest basketball training aids and can help you achieve great flexibility, strength and stamina.  Enroll in martial arts.  Train with the swim team.  Train with the soccer team. Train with the gymnastic team.  Train with the football team.  Train with the dance troupe.  Train with the cross country team and wrestling team.  Jump rope.  The point is, your coach should never need to pull you from a basketball game because you’re physically exhausted.  And by the way, it's completely unfair to your coach, and your team, to make the coach waste precious practice time building up your strength and endurance during the time you should be learning plays, etc.
You must take responsibility for your own health, your own basketball training and your own physical training.  If you report to your sport in shape it allows your coach to teach giving you and your team the opportunity to more fully enjoy your sport.  When you’re healthy, flexible and strong you are less prone to injury and also enhance your learning capacity. 
Smarts ain’t never hurt nobody.
Study like a demon no matter your age.  Something else to increase your smarts, your basketball workouts, your basketball conditioning - flexibility, strength, and endurance, your health, and even your personality is sleep.  Sleep is magical.  All humans, especially athletes, need to recover and rejuvenate.  A body needs a minimum of seven hours of sleep every night, even you!  Here's what's happening while you're sleeping; at the cellular level your body is huffin'-an-a-puffin' so you can wake up refreshed and renewed, as long as you’ve gotten your seven plus hours. 
The following is from Outlook Magazine in an article written by Anne Lundblad, June 2008.  A recent sports medicine study from the University of Chicago Medical School found that after only one week of sleep restriction, subjects metabolized glucose less efficiently and also had higher levels of cortisol.  What does this mean for athletes?  Less stored energy, reduced endurance and a diminished ability to repair damaged tissue.  Over time these factors will prevent athletes from handling their training load, potentially leading to over training and poor performance.  Other effects of sleep deprivation include impaired motor function, delayed reaction time and reduced cardiovascular performance----possibly by as much as 11%.  The body records every hour of sleep missed from a person’s nightly requirement (7.5 to 8 hours a night).  This means staying up an hour or two later each night for a couple of weeks can result in significant impairments in performance.  Extra sleep actually improves performance.  Members of Stanford’s Mens basketball team were tested before and after a two week period in which they obtained as much sleep as possible, observing significant improvements in their game.  They ran faster and made more free throws than they did with their typical sleep schedule and reported having increased energy, improved mood and a decreased level of fatigue. 
Dr. Mark Rosekind, a sleep specialist states “Optimal sleep translates into optimal performance.”  He recommends 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep per night.  By treating sleep as an important component in training rather than something to do after finishing all the other responsibilities of the day, you could find yourselves not only better athletes but also more energetic and productive individuals. 

There are really only two types of water that should ever be ingested; water from a good Reverse Osmosis system in which the membrane is regularly maintained and Distilled water. 
All bodies, especially an athlete’s, need to be hydrated.  Tap water cannot, does not, and will not accomplish this very basic and essential need.  Tap water and well water should be classified as poisons. 

An athlete’s diet is extremely important.  The problem with a coach giving general diet tips is simply the vast majority of body and blood types.  I do however have some information I’d like you to consider: Canned, prepackaged and restaurant foods provide less nutrition than properly prepared home cooked meals.  I consult with Doctors and Dietitians in teaching hospitals to prepare diets for my athletes.  If you contact them they will tell you what information they need in order to prescribe an individualized diet for you.  It can all be done through email or snail mail.  Imagine how much fun the fourth quarter is when you feel as fresh as you did at tip-off and your shots are popping the net because you’re not exhausted.,1258,article~10530,00.html Week-end Warrior Basketball Training Aids Ankle rehab and strength training All About Stretching Week-end Warrior Warm-up and Cool-down Week-end Warrior Tips Stretching vs. Warm-up

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